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Francesca Woodman Hardcover – November, 1998

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Two of the finest recent monographs on contemporary photographers, these publications use completely different presentations to highlight each artist's work to its best advantage. Jacobson's blurry black-and-white images, which he has described as an "ongoing meditation around desire, loss, and the role of photography as a vehicle for remembrance," offer hazy apparitions, stand-ins for our own lost acquaintances, friends, and lovers. Presented chronologically, the 49 pictures here progress from mostly light, nearly recognizable images of people in familiar settings through fading portraits to almost black, abstract seascapes. The design is minimal, with one exquisitely printed sheet-fed gravure per spread; there is no text, but a short story about a lost love by curator Kertess and a list of plates close the volume. Though she committed suicide in 1981 when she was just 22 years old, Woodman remains influential and her work looks as fresh and startling as that of anyone working today. The daughter of artists, she immersed herself in photography from the time she received her first camera and was recognized early as an exceptional talent. She most frequently used herself or, more precisely, her body as subject, and she produced a wide range of work, from surreal tableaux to story boards to fleeting portraits. These works that above all else seem to convey the imprecision of life are well analyzed in four introductory essays. Next come more than 110 pages of plates drawn from the full decade that she was active, followed by a biography, exhibition history, and bibliography. This is the only work on Woodman in print and by far the most comprehensive ever published; it deserves a place in any serious photography collection. Though perhaps not a definitive study, Jacobson's book presents his work in the best possible light and belongs in collections with an interest in contemporary photography.AEric Bryant, "Library Journal"
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scalo Publishers (November 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3931141969
  • ISBN-13: 978-3931141967
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 8.8 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,283,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 3, 1998
Format: Hardcover
As a long time admirer of Francesca Woodman's photography, I was thrilled that this long-overdue retrospective monograph was printed. There have been a few other books on her work, but the work shown in them seemed limited and edited to support the critical essays that were also part of those books. This new book is printed very well, and gives the viewer a more well-rounded view of what the late photographer was up to when she made photographs. Though her life was short, Woodman's creations are full of depth and challenge the viewer. This book is a must for anyone who appreciates the work of Woodman, and I would highly recommend it to those who enjoy photographs that are thought-provoking, introspective, surrealist, personal, and so much more.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Amari on March 13, 2001
Format: Hardcover
However remarkable and achingly tender, Woodman images are as rare as a rhinoserous horn at an Asian bazaar. Some years ago a portfolio of Woodman photographs was reprinted. This small handfull of images was reproduced again and again. The group of "known" images grew somewhat as various small books or catalogs were published. The real strength of Woodman as an artist is evidenced by the fact that as every heretofore unseen image gets published, such as in this sizable book, the delicacy, richness, and complexity of Woodman's moltenly beautiful yet hauntingly tragic body of work grows exponentially. The original group of oft-reproduced images is revealed as random sampling of many images of the same captivating quality. There is so much that is not known about this work that each expanded treatment becomes a startling revelation. Gracious thanks to any book that begins to give this most underappreciated genuis suicide her due.
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13 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Owen P. O'Meara on November 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This book is an excellent collection of the limited work of a young woman who would have dominated American Photography had it not been for her unfortunate demise. It is essential for all serious art photographers
I first saw a retrospective show of her work in Boulder Colorado after her death and it has never left my mind. I find it hard to believe that it has taken this long for a published collection like this to come along.
It is truly remarkable in every way.
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By J.G. on September 14, 2014
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Francesca Woodman's work is some of, if not the most, treasured in my photography book collection. I was lucky enough to get this copy from a seller who'd gotten it in the estate of a professional photographer. It cost a nice chuck of change, but I am thrilled with this purchase. If you're a Woodman fan, this is a must for any collector.
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