Friday, March 25, 2011

On Being an Angel

Autobiographical photos of the great Francesca Woodman, certainly a woman before her time...

It Must be Time for Lunch Now-1979 (Woodman was 21 years old here)

Francesca Woodman, American photographer, born April 3, 1958, in Denver, Colorado, to well-known artists George Woodman and Betty WoodmanWoodman attended public school in Boulder, Colorado, between 1963 and 1971 except for second grade in Italy. Her on and off travels to Italy would result in her being fluent in Italian. She began high school in 1972 at the private Massachusetts boarding school Abbot Academy, where she began to develop her photographic skills. 
Beginning in 1975, Woodman attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated in 1978. She moved to New York City in 1979 and tried to make a life as a photographer, to no avail.
In late 1980 Woodman became depressed due to her work and to a broken relationship. On January 19, 1981, she committed suicide by jumping out a loft window in New York. An acquaintance wrote, 

"things had been bad, there had been therapy, things had gotten better, guard had been let down."

Woodman would have turned 53 this coming April 3 had she lived. One can only wonder what she could have accomplished in her 53 years after going over her body of work that exists today... 

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