Fondation Cartier pour l’art contemporain, 1998 | First edition
Hardcover with dust jacket, 160 pages, 220 x 280 mm. Text in French
Condition: Very Good. Curl to upper right corner of first 60 pages, otherwise in excellent condition.
American photographer Francesca Woodman is known for her non-traditional self-portraits. Despite her short career, which ended with her suicide at the age of 22 in 1981, the young artist produced a fascinating body of work of over 800 untitled prints. Gaining a cult following and critical recognition only after her death, Francesca Woodman remains one of the most enigmatic myths in the history of photography. Woodman’s photographs explore gender, representation, sexuality and the body. In her portraits, her identity is often hidden from the viewer. The photographer worked in unusual settings, using mirrors and glass to evoke alienation, isolation and ambiguity about personal identity. With the use of long shutter speed and double exposure, the blurred images create a sense of movement and urgency.
Published on the occasion of an exhibition at the Fondation Cartier in 1998, this photobook contains 115 reproductions of Woodman's work, plus a biography and essays by Hervé Chandès, Philippe Sollers, David Levi Strauss, Elizabeth Janus and Sloan Rankin.