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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: D.A.P./San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (March 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935202669
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935202660
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 9.7 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #438,124 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In an exceptionally informative catalog essay for the present exhibition, the art historian Julia Bryan-Wilson surveys the critical and art historical literature that has proliferated around Woodman's oeuvre.
Francesca Woodman, the photographer who took her own life at 22 in 1981, is as close to a true saint as the putatively secular world of contemporary art can claim. The dreamy, formally playful and disarmingly erotic pictures Woodman made - mostly of herself partly unclothed or naked - project a self surrendering unreservedly to the spirit of art it remains a poignant record of adolescent joy, fear, ambition and angst. It was not only her body that she exposed - she bared her soul too, and that is a rare and beautiful thing. (Ken Johnson The New York Times 2012-03-15)

Even though they are quite small, about 5 by 5 inches, Woodman's haunting photographs have drawn admirers for decades. (Ted Loos The New York Times 2011-12-04)

Franesca Woodman's black and white portraits have a way of getting under your skin. (Hilarie M Sheets W Magazine 2011-11-01)

This is a comprehensive monograph of Francesca Woodman's photographic oeuvre, which as achieved cult status is the 30 years since the artist's brief yet prolific career ended when she took her life at age 22. (Jack Crager American Photo 2011-11-01)

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All agree it's an amazingly wonderful work on the photographer Francesca Woodman and her life.
Bev
The book is a well-designed catalogue with sensitive essays and the largest collection of the works of this fascinating photographer artist that has been published.
Grady Harp
I would recommend it to anyone really interested in seeing an extensive inventory of her work.
Joanna

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Francesca Woodman was a photographer who committed suicide in 1981 at the age of 22. The dust jacket blurb of this book says in part "Produced in conjunction with the first major American exhibition of the artist's work in more than two decades [at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and at New York's Guggenheim Museum], this catalog is a landmark reconsideration of Woodman for the twenty-first century." I'll compare it with the 2006 book published by Phaidon that is also titled "Francesca Woodman".

Here is a list of five ways in which this book compares favorably with the Phaidon book: (1) The inside of the dust jacket has a cool reproduction of the right part of the diazotype entitled "Caryatid, New York, 1980." See Customer Image. (2) The paper is an elegant off-white color, instead of the harsh white of Phaidon. (3) The reproductions of the prints are at the original size whenever possible, as opposed to Phaidon which reproduces some photos larger and some photos smaller than the originals. See Customer Image. (4) The four essays on pages 166-213 are together better than the Phaidon book's 66-page essay "Scattered in Space and Time" by Chris Townsend which rambles considerably. For me, the most interesting essay (because it didn't overlap much with essays in other books on Woodman) was "The Geometry of Time: Some Notes on Francesca Woodman's Video" on pages 196-203. (5) I didn't do an exact count, but approximately one-third of this book's 180 photos are not found in the Phaidon book. (In fact, the dust jacket blurb says that this book has "many previously unpublished photographs," although inside the book one cannot tell which photos have or have not been published before.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 15, 2012
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Francesca Woodman (1958 - 1981) is one of those artists whose potential was never realized fully - she died, the result of suicide, in 1981 at the age of 22. But the images she created with the camera continue to haunt the viewer and this portfolio puts it all together very well. Woodman's small photographs deal with the feminine mystique, an acceptable way of describing the strange poses she created with women models - including herself. There is a flavor here of surrealism (especially in the image f a seated girl with a handing mirage of a feminine body nearby.

It is difficult to grasp the degree of creativity necessary to create some 800 images in the course of the nine years during which she embraced her art. These images are not suggestive of Dorothea Lange or Diane Arbus, but they tend to have the same sort of response from the viewer - intense reality that becomes surreal in the context in which the statement is made. Her language is definitely her own, a mixture of dark motifs, sinister atmospheres, the use of 'sets' that are well worn interiors with the accompanying used and abused accouterments, and a sense of alienation, likely not dissimilar form the fragile mind state at her demise.

The book is a well-designed catalogue with sensitive essays and the largest collection of the works of this fascinating photographer artist that has been published. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, February 12
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tomas Dittborn Barros on January 11, 2012
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This is again a very psychological photographic book of francesca woodman. she was a young gifted photographer and her work is amazingly good. the books is a piece of art.
definitly a must have book.
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This publication is not only beautifully appointed, but dramatically so. Woodman's work is awesome as to ingenuity and technique, as well as extremely pertinent to the history of photography as an art form. Self-portraiture runs always the risk of acritically assuming the truth of autobiography. Sadly, too many works about Woodman study her work in search of symptoms of her eventual suicide. In doing so, they miss the great photographer that Woodman was. Photography, as Woodman seemed to know very well, is not about truth, but about art, about world-building, and having in hand her whole work in this book helps us better understand what this excellent artist was intent on doing.
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Recently found out about Francesca Woodman while in Roma. Happy to have this large book of her photos with essays. She did too young. I wonder where she might have gone with her work had she lived longer. A lovely book.
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By mike mullin on October 12, 2013
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such a great artist depicted well in this book. Great book. exactly how it was advertised. I would definitely recommend this product. once again, Amazon and Amazon Prime deliver.
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By Roger B. Smith on October 6, 2013
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For anyone interested in Francesca Woodman and her work this is a great book. Many wonderful photos and some text too.
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By David on September 12, 2013
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This book was everything I had hoped it would be, it includes more unseen work and excellent essays on Francesca's work. 5/5
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