All posts tagged: Francesca Woodman

Upcoming Photographers: Magdalena Nishe

I don’t know how many times I’ve read your last letter. I know the words by heart now; they’re embedded in my skin. I keep our souvenirs from… Photography by Magdalena Nishe, Words by Jesse Michael Renaud. I keep our souvenirs from the last year nearby. I lay them out often to recall our steps, to etch the memories into my mind. I touch each one and whisper your name, move on to the next. Do you remember the meadow in April, sheathed in morning fog? Do you remember the stepping stones in the river? I keep things from before you even knew who I was, when I could only watch from a distance. These I brush over as well, until I am lost inside you, and certain that our story will never fade from my mind… The nights are long and the depth of the ache cannot be measured. The north winds have returned, leaving behind little trace of summer. I often wake to a world of delicate frost. You are not here, and …

The Fallen Angel, The Art of Francesca Woodman

These selection of Francesca Woodman art were originally printed on VAGA’s 3rd issue. In collaboration with the Guggenheim Museum NY Francesca Woodman was an American photographer who investigated female subjectivity, identity and performance using blurred, half hidden self-portraiture. With herself often the subject, her ghostly and narrative black and white photographs offer an insight into her unconscious and performative self. Woodman played with a camera’s exposure time and incorporated decrepit locations, using antique props such as mirrors, couches, and wallpaper as her backdrop, thus lending the human form evanescence by presenting mysterious old-fashioned photographic stories. Born into a family of artists in 1958, she began producing self- portraits by the time she was thirteen years old. She studied both abroad in Rome and at RISD before moving to New York where she continued her experimentation with photography, drawing from Surrealist motifs and gothic fiction. In 1981, when only twenty-two, she committed suicide after a long struggle with depression. Woodman is considered one of the most gifted and elusive young artists of our time. -text by …