|Francesca Stern Woodman|
Front of dust jacket of 2011 book Francesca Woodman
April 3, 1958|
Denver, Colorado, U.S.
|Died||January 19, 1981
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Cause of death||Suicide|
|Education||Boulder High School|
|Alma mater||Rhode Island School of Design|
Francesca Stern Woodman (April 3, 1958 – January 19, 1981) was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring either herself or female models. Many of her photographs show young women who are nude, blurred (due to movement and long exposure times), merging with their surroundings, or whose faces are obscured. Her work continues to be the subject of much critical acclaim and attention, years after she killed herself at the age of 22, in 1981.
- 1 Life
- 2 Works
- 3 Posthumous recognition
- 4 Influences
- 5 References
- 6 Further reading
- 7 External links
Woodman was born in Denver, Colorado to artists George Woodman and Betty Woodman (Abrahams). Her mother is Jewish and her father is from a Protestant background. Her older brother, Charles, later became an associate professor of electronic art.
Woodman attended public school in Boulder, Colorado, between 1963 and 1971, except for second grade, which she attended in Italy, where the family spent many summers between school years. She began high school in 1972 at Abbot Academy, a private Massachusetts boarding school. There, she began to develop her photographic skills and became interested in the art form. Abbot Academy merged with Phillips Academy in 1973; Woodman graduated from the public Boulder High School in 1975. Through 1975, she spent summers with her family in Italy in the Florentine countryside, where the family lived on an old farm.
Beginning in 1975, Woodman attended the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) in Providence, Rhode Island. She studied in Rome between 1977 and 1978 in a RISD honors program. Because she spoke fluent Italian, she was able to befriend Italian intellectuals and artists. She returned to Rhode Island in late 1978 to graduate from RISD.
Woodman moved to New York City in 1979. After spending the summer of 1979 in Stanwood, Washington whilst visiting her boyfriend at Pilchuck Glass School, she returned to New York "to make a career in photography." She sent portfolios of her work to fashion photographers, but "her solicitations did not lead anywhere". In the summer of 1980, she was an artist-in-residence at the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire.
In late 1980, Woodman became depressed due to the failure of her work to attract attention and to a broken relationship. She survived a suicide attempt in the autumn of 1980, after which she lived with her parents in Manhattan.
On January 19, 1981, Woodman died by suicide, jumping out of a loft window of a building on the East Side of New York. An acquaintance wrote, "things had been bad, there had been therapy, things had gotten better, guard had been let down". Her father has suggested that Woodman's suicide was related to an unsuccessful application for funding from the National Endowment for the Arts.
Although Woodman used different cameras and film formats during her career, most of her photographs were taken with medium format cameras producing 2-1/4 by 2-1/4 inch (6x6 cm) square negatives. Woodman created at least 10,000 negatives, which her parents now keep. Woodman's estate, which is managed by Woodman's parents and represented by Victoria Miro, London and Marian Goodman, New York, consists of over 800 prints, of which only around 120 images had been published or exhibited as of 2006. Most of Woodman's prints are 8 by 10 inches (20 by 25 cm) or smaller, which "works to produce an intimate experience between viewer and photograph".
Many of Woodman's images are untitled and are known only by a location and date. The table below contains information on some of Woodman's most famous photographs. For each photograph, the location, the date, the title and a brief description are given (since multiple images may share the same location, date, and title, and a single image may be assigned multiple locations, dates and titles). The columns on the right contain links to up to four reproductions of the photograph found on the Web, and page numbers of reproductions in five major books.
|Date||Title||Description||Page Numbers of Reproductions in Books|
|Boulder, Colorado, U.S.|
|1972||Self-portrait at thirteen||"…She denies her face to the camera, so that we can only see her hair, but her left hand is holding a [shutter-release] cable linked to the camera."||43||75||171|
|Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.|
|1975–1976||[untitled]||Woodman "appears as Alice, in a Victorian-looking dress. She looks directly into the camera and gestures oddly with her hands and arms toward a door ajar…."||63||33||54||137||52|
|1975–1976||[untitled]||"She kneels on a heavily framed mirror placed flat on the floor. Her head and upper body are in motion...."||34||80||69||115|
|1975–1976||Space2||Woodman "physically encased herself in a museum vitrine... We see Woodman's left breast and thigh pressed against the glass as she squats. ... Her head, moreover, appears cut from her torso... While her right hand exerts pressure against the vitrine, her left seems to caress the form."||42||73||72||118||21|
|1975–1976||Space2||Blurry figure at left of frame reaching down, generally in plane of photograph.||75||120||186|
|1975–1976||Space2||"Blurred image of a woman shaking her head."||76||121||210|
|1975–1978||[untitled]||"...A woman apparently dead at the lip of the ocean, reflected in the mirror of another woman whose own face is displaced by that very mirror."||66||49|
|1976||[untitled]||Three nude women, "including Woodman, holding photographs of Woodman's face in front of their own, with a fourth portrait taped to the wall."||67||51||101||25|
|1976||[untitled]||Woodman "sits on the edge of a white chair, wearing only a pair of black shoes. She is seen from the waist down, and before her on the floor is a shadowgraph, the negative impression her prone body has made in white powder."||81||85||97||206|
|1976||[untitled]||"An empty room and a detached door balancing precariously against a wall."||55||106|
|1976||Horizontale||"Woodman photographed herself cropped at the waist, her legs sprawling across the frame…. Bound tightly by shiny tape tied at the ankle, her flesh bulges around the ligatures, whilst with her right hand she holds a woolen glove over her sex."||46||92||88||133||23|
|1976||House #3||"...A window lights a dark room. Woodman, huddled on the floor and smudged nearly out of existence, save for a poised, shod foot, fades away into the dark, decaying room."||33||53||58||107||12|
|1976||House #4||"...She squeezes into a small triangular space formed by a fireplace surround which has come away from the wall, her legs splayed and her upper body blurred in movement…."||33||52||59||107||11|
|1976||Then at one point I did not need to translate the notes; they went directly to my hands||"...Her nude figure crouched and bowing before a scarred wall, with a torn sheet of wallpaper covering her back like a shell, and her hands caressing the wall like a keyboard...."||33||54||60||113||61|
|1976 March||Sloan||"Sloan appears as the artist’s doppelganger: reaching for a bright, sun-like orb painted on the wall of a snowcovered street…."||45||78||143||49|
|1976 November||Polka Dots||"A young woman crouches in a crumbling interior... She is wearing a polka dotted dress, but the side zipper on the bodice is open and the bottom of her breast peeks out from under the hand that is tucked into her armpit. ... Directly above her head is a hole, registering on film as a black circle…."||103||168|
|1976–1977||Polka Dots #5||Woodman, wearing a polka-dotted dress, bends to her right, back to a wall.||47||52||102||34|
|1977||From Space2 series||"…Her legs, arm and belly – which is all that we see of her – are naked. She seems to be emerging from the wall, tearing the flowered wallpaper into large, uneven pieces as she achieves embodiment."||33||55||61||109||10|
|1977||I could no longer play / I could not play by instinct||"…Self-portrait shows her dressed in a black brocade gown opened to reveal one breast. The upper edge of the frame cuts off her head at the chin…. From her right hand dangles a small knife… and from a cut under the line of her breast emerges a strip of photo-booth self-portraits, spattered with real or simulated blood."||15||76||84||141||58|
|1977 Spring||On being an angel||"…She flings her arms back at the camera, so that her upturned breasts and open mouth, screaming in fright or celebration, – present an image of the liberated psyche in flight."||49||79||82||125||38|
|1977 Spring||On being an angel #1||At the upper part of a mostly-dark frame, Woodman looks straight at the viewer, but her topless body is seemingly tilted up behind her head, as though she were flying upward toward the camera.||77||83||124||39|
|Rome, 1977 September||From Angel Series||"In what looks like an attic in another old house, suspended white fabric looks like wings. Woodman jumps in front of the wings, dressed in a Victorian-style white petticoat with black tights. Her blurred body… picks up on the wing-like drapery of the hanging fabric and makes us imagine her flying away."||101||152|
|Rome, 1977 September||From Angel Series||"A gloved hand holds a delicate, diaphanous piece of white fabric and shakes it. Its blur indicates that were the arm to drop it, the fabric might defy gravity and fly."||40||78||100||153|
|Rome, 1977–1978||From Angel Series||"…She stands, with only her parted bare legs showing, with her feet planted at the ends of two roughly dug trenches, which reflect the legs…."||43||103||159||75|
|Rome, 1977–1978||From Angel Series||"Sloan appears as the artist’s doppelganger... as an angelic figure hanging from the doorway of a Roman palazzo"||27||174||212|
|Rome, 1977–1978||Yet another leaden sky||"She is pressing herself against a wall, a maleficent silhouette… her face covered with a white circle, while a tortoise crawls forward in a corner."||20||147|
|Rome, 1977–1978||[untitled]||"...She has flattened herself, nude, against a wall, with dirt on her legs, as if she has undergone resurrection"||20||57||113||154||69|
|Rome, 1977–1978||[untitled]||On the left, a nude woman sits on the ground in a pensive pose with her back against a wall; around the corner to the right, a calla lily is propped against the wall.||21||65|
|Rome, 1977–1978||Eel Series||"…Her curved naked torso is stretched across a black-and-white patterned floor, enveloping a white bowl with a shiny skinned eel tightly coiled inside. (Woodman printed at least two versions of this image, with her body on either side of the eel.)"||22||91||117||164, 165||94, 213|
|Antella, 1977–1978||[untitled]||A woman stands among small trees with a white sheet covering all but the bottom of her skirt and her lower legs.||99||170||78|
|Rome, 1978||Self-Deceit #1||A nude woman on all fours turns a corner and looks at herself in a mirror in the middle of the frame.||13||63||105||156||90|
|Stanwood, Washington, U.S.|
|1979 Summer||[untitled]||"Woodman shows herself and her friend wearing old dresses whose prints are analogous to the plants in the surrounding landscape."||41||150- 151||213|
|1979–1980||[untitled]||"Two fox furs are hanging next to each other. Behind the fox, in a corner of the room, the artist, naked, is reaching upward with her arms, her head slightly tilted to the left."||87||123||187||118|
|1979–1980||[untitled]||"...A string of pearls around a naked woman's waist"; the woman lies on a patterned cloth with her upper torso outside the frame to the right.||10||84||120||206||144|
|1979||[untitled]||Two similar photographs "show the artist lying on a bench. A corset squeezes and disfigures her body. …tights [are] hanging from the wall." In one version, the head is at the left of the frame; in another version, the head at the right of the frame.||8, 9||86||183||119|
|1979||[untitled]||"Woodman leans upon a chipped wall with her back facing the camera, exposing a skeletonlike pattern. …she puts on an old dress decorated with horizontal bands of a skeletal leaf pattern. … Her right hand holds a big fish skeleton against her bare back…."||38||61||129||194|
|1980||[untitled]||"Sloan appears as the artist’s doppelganger… as a cascade of blond hair falling over the edge of a lion-footed bathtub."||52||139||199||132|
|MacDowell Colony, Peterborough, New Hampshire, U.S.|
|1980 Summer||[untitled]||Nude woman on a rock with arms outstretched and head blurred.||36||141||223||106|
At RISD, Woodman borrowed a video camera and VTR and created videotapes related to her photographs in which she "methodically whitewashes her own naked body, for instance, or compares her torso to images of classical statuary." Some of these videos were displayed at the Helsinki City Art Museum in Finland and the Marian Goodman Gallery in New York in 2004; the Cisneros Fontanals Art Foundation in Miami in 2005; the Tate Modern in London in 2007–2008; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2011 (in an exhibition which will travel to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in 2012). In the 2011–2012 exhibitions, the selected video works, each 23 seconds to 3 minutes 15 seconds in length, were entitled "'Francesca' x 2," "Sculpture," "Corner," "Trace," and "Mask."
Some Disordered Interior Geometries (1981 book)
Woodman created a number of artist's books, such as Portrait of a Reputation, Quaderno dei Dettati e dei Temi (Notebook of Dictations and Compositions), Quaderno (also known as Quaderno Raffaello), Portraits Friends Equasions, and Angels, Calendar Notebook. However, the only artist's book containing Woodman's photographs that was published during her lifetime was Some Disordered Interior Geometries. Released in January 1981 shortly before Woodman's death, it is 24 pages in length and is based upon selected pages from an Italian geometry exercise book. On the pages, Woodman had attached 16 photographs and had added handwriting and white correction fluid. A study of the book notes that Woodman occasionally re-drew a form "for emphasis or delight." A reproduction of the book's original spreads shows purple-pink covers, pages which vary slightly in color, and traces of pink on several pages. Although the published version of the book has purple-pink covers, the interior pages are printed using only black, white, and shades of gray.
In 1999, a critic was of the opinion that Some Disordered Interior Geometries was "a distinctively bizarre book… a seemingly deranged miasma of mathematical formulae, photographs of herself and scrawled, snaking, handwritten notes." An acquaintance of Woodman wrote in 2000 that it "was a very peculiar little book indeed," with "a strangely ironic distance between the soft intimacy of the bodies in the photographs and the angularity of the geometric rules that covered the pages." A 2006 essay described the book as "a three-way game that plays the text and illustrations for an introduction to Euclid against Woodman's own text and diagrams, as well as the 'geometry' of her formal compositions," while a 2008 article found the book "poetic and humorous, analytical and reflexive." A 2010 article on Woodman called the book "original and enigmatic," and a 2010 review stated of the book that "we are the richer for it."
The book is rare; of the 15 libraries in the Online Computer Library Center database that own the book and that have online catalogs showing the book, all hold the book in special collections or similar locations.
Exhibitions and books
Woodman had only a few exhibitions during her life, some of which have been described as "exhibitions in alternative spaces in New York and Rome." There were no known group or solo exhibitions of her work between 1981 and 1985, but numerous exhibitions each year since then. Among her major solo exhibitions were:
- 1986–1988: Francesca Woodman, photographic work. Traveled to Hunter College Art Gallery, New York, NY; Wellesley College Museum, Wellesley, MA; University of Colorado Fine Arts Gallery, Boulder, CO; UCI Fine Arts Gallery, University of California, Irvine, CA; and Krannet Art Museum, Champaign, IL.
- 1992–1993: Francesca Woodman, photographische arbeiten (photographic works). Traveled to Shedhalle, Zürich, Switzerland; Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster, Germany; Kulturhuset, Stockholm, Sweden; Suomen Valokuvataiteen Museo SÄÄTIÖ, Helsinki, Finland; DAAD Galerie, Berlin, Germany; and Galleri F15 Alby, Moss, Norway.
- 1998: "l'artiste et la représentation de soi, Francesca Woodman, Rencontres d'Arles festival.
- 1998–2002: Francesca Woodman. Traveled to Fondation Cartier pour l'art contemporain, Paris, France; Kunsthal, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Belém Cultural Center, Lisbon, Portugal; The Photographers' Gallery, London, United Kingdom; Centro Cultural Tecla Sala, L'Hospitalet, Barcelona, Spain; Carla Sozzani Gallery, Milan, Italy; The Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland; and PhotoEspana, Centro Cultural Conde Duque, Madrid, Spain.
- 2000: Francesca Woodman: Providence, Roma, New York. Palazzo delle Esposizioni, Rome.
- 2009–2010: Francesca Woodman. Traveled to Espacio AV, Murcia, Spain; sms contemporanea, Siena, Italy; and Palazzo della Ragione, Milan, Italy.
- 2011–2012: Francesca Woodman. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA; and Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, NY. It was reported that "The works in the exhibition were almost entirely lent by the Woodmans [i.e., her parents, Betty and George Woodman], and many have never been on display before."
Besides catalogues of the aforementioned traveling solo exhibitions and catalogues of solo exhibitions that did not travel, notable books by and about Woodman include:
- A monograph published in 2006 by Phaidon Press.
- A 2010 book examining the relevance of Woodman's photography as a way of understanding Kant's theory of the sublime.
- Francesca Woodman's Notebook, which was released in 2011. It contains a facsimile of an Italian school exercise book to which Woodman added photographs, as well as an afterword by Woodman's father. This book, also known as Quaderno or Quaderno Rafaello, has been described as "both an urgent missive to a lover and a playful sexual summons."
The films The Fancy and The Woodmans
In 2000 an experimental video The Fancy, by Elisabeth Subrin, examined Woodman's life and work, "pos[ing] questions about biographical form, history and fantasy, female subjectivity, and issues of authorship and intellectual property." Reviewers noted that the video juxtaposes "formalism, biography, and psychoanalysis" and "hints at conspiracy, calling attention to the Woodman family's unwillingness to make the bulk of her body of photography available…."
A feature-length documentary The Woodmans, was released theatrically by Lorber Films on the thirtieth anniversary of her death, 18 January 2011. The director "had unrestricted access to all of Francesca’s photographs, private diaries, and experimental videos". Although the film won "Best New York Documentary" at the Tribeca Film Festival, Woodman's parents decided not to attend the premiere. Reactions to the film have been largely favorable. On the film review site Rotten Tomatoes, 94% of 17 critics' reviews were positive, and 83% of 793 user ratings were positive. It was broadcast on the PBS series Independent Lens on December 22, 2011.
Public opinion has generally been favorable towards Woodman's work. At the 1998 exhibition in Paris, many people had "strong reactions" to her "interesting" photographs. A number of people have found Woodman's individual photos (for example "Self-portrait at 13") or her photography in general inspirational.
Among other factors, critics and historians have written that Woodman was influenced by the following literary genre, myth, artistic movement, and photographers:
- Gothic fiction. She is reported to have identified with Victorian heroines.
- The myth of Apollo and Daphne, as evidenced by photographs in which Woodman is entangled in tree roots or wears birch bark on her arms.
- Surrealism. For example, Woodman "followed the movement's tradition of not explaining work" and demonstrated a "desire to crack the code of appearances."
- André Breton and in particular his Nadja (novel) of 1928. In a 1979 interview with Roberta Valtorta, Woodman is reported as saying "Vorrei che le parole avessero con le mie immagini lo stesso rapporto che le fotografie hanno con il testo in Nadja di André Breton" ("I would like words to have the same relationship with my images as the photographs have with the text in Nadja by André Breton". Translated by Dunhill.)
- Man Ray (e.g., a series of his photographs of Meret Oppenheim, and his surrealist works).
- Duane Michals. Woodman's and Michal's work share features such as blurring, angels, and handwriting in common.
- Deborah Turbeville. Woodman had "admired" Turbeville's work, and had compiled an artist's book for Turbeville (Quaderno Rafaello) which contained a written request for the older photographer to telephone her.
- Woodman was exposed to the symbolic work of Max Klinger whilst studying in Rome from 1977 to 1978 and his influence can clearly be seen in many photographic series’, such as Eel Series, Roma (1977–78) and Angel Series, Roma (1977). In combining performance, play and self-exposure, Woodman’s photographs create extreme and often disturbing psychological states. In concealing or encrypting her subjects she reminds the viewer that photographs flatten and distort, never offering the whole truth about a subject.
- Gabhart 1986.
- Lux 1992.
- Chandès 1998.
- Townsend 2006.
- Keller 2011.
- MacMillian, Kyle (December 14, 2006). "Francesca Woodman's haunting vision". The Denver Post. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
- Chandès 1998, p. 4.
- MacMillan, Kyle. Haunting vision: Francesca Woodman explored the ephemeral realm between what is/isn't. Denver Post, 2006 December 17.
- Johnson, Ken (2012-03-15). "'Francesca Woodman' at Guggenheim Museum". The New York Times.
- Video works Charles Woodman, photographs Francesca Woodman, May 6 – June 16, 2005. Notes for an exhibition at Shirley-Jones Gallery, Yellow Springs, Ohio. Accessed 2007-09-07.
- Chandès 1998, p. 154.
- Chandès 1998, pp. 26–30, 154.
- Chandès 1998, p. 155.
- Riding, Alan. Pictures, perhaps, of her despair: a young photographer's work may or may not hold clues to her suicide. New York Times, 1998-05-17.
- Gumport, Elizabeth (January 24, 2011). "The Long Exposure of Francesca Woodman". New York Review of Books. Retrieved December 29, 2016.
- Davison, Peter. Girl, seeming to disappear. Atlantic Monthly, 2000 May;285(5):108–111.
- Hoberman, J. (January 19, 2011). "Photographer Francesca Woodman Gets Her Close-Up in a Haunting Family Study". Village Voice. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
- Townsend 2006, p. 9.
- Keller 2011, p. 179.
- Wood, Gaby. The lady vanishes. The Observer, 1999 July 25.
- Loos, Ted (December 1, 2011). "Sharing a Guarded Legacy". New York Times. Retrieved December 21, 2012.
- Townsend 2006, p. 6.
- Simon, Jane (2010). "An intimate mode of looking: Francesca Woodman's photographs". Emotion, Space and Society. 3: 28–59. doi:10.1016/j.emospa.2010.01.013.
- Gabhart 1986, p. 1.
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- Amore, Irene. Teenagers at the Photographer's Gallery. BTA – Telematic Bulletin of Art, 2000 July 11.
- Chandès 1998, p. 17.
- Webb 2003, p. 243.
- Conley, Katharine. A Swimmer Between Two Worlds: Francesca Woodman's Maps of Interior Space. Journal of Surrealism and the Americas 2:2 (2008), 227–252.
- Phelan, Peggy. Francesca Woodman’s photography: death and the image one more time. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society 2002;27(4):979–1004.
- Gabhart 1986, p. 26.
- Jeffrey, Moira (November 7, 2011). "Preview: Alison Watt exhibition, Ingleby Gallery, Edinburgh". The Scotsman. Retrieved November 16, 2011.
- Riches, Harriet. Disappearing Act: Francesca Woodman's Portrait of a Reputation. Oxford Art Journal 2004;27(1):95–113.
- McQuaid, Cate. Woodman explored the nature of want. Boston Globe, 1999 February 25.
- Davies, Sally (August 24, 2007). "Francesca Woodman, Victoria Miro Gallery, London (review)". Studio International. Retrieved December 9, 2016.
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- Heuer, Megan. Francesca Woodman. Brooklyn Rail, 2004 November. Accessed 2011-11-14.
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- Lux 1992, p. 125.
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- Liu, Jui-Ch'i (2004). "Francesca Woodman's self-images: transforming bodies in the space of femininity". Woman's Art Journal. 25 (1): 26–31.
- Lux 1992, p. 19.
- Townsend 2006, p. 27.
- Robinson, Walter (December 12, 2005). "Maximum Miami". ArtNet Magazine. Retrieved December 10, 2016.
- "Francesca Woodman, October 12 – November 13, 2004". Marian Goodman Gallery. Archived from the original on November 16, 2007. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
- Francesca Woodman (Room 8). Tate Modern, 2007.
- Blessing 2011, pp. 196–203.
- Townsend 2006, p. 4.
- Dunhill 2010, pp. 234–247.
- Woodman, Francesca (1981). Some disordered interior geometries. Philadelphia: Synapse Press. OCLC 11308833.
- Dunhill, Alison. Dialogues with Diagrams. re•bus, 2008 Autumn/Winter;2.
- Henshall, John. Fatal attraction. New Statesman, 1999 August 23.
- Townsend 2006, p. 239.
- Somerville, Kris (2010). "Clues to a Lost Woman: The Photography of Francesca Woodman". The Missouri Review. 33 (3): 79–91. doi:10.1353/mis.2010.0043.
- Spence, Rachel. Francesca Woodman, Palazzo della Ragione, Milan. Financial Times, 2010-08-02. Accessed 2011-11-15.
- WorldCat entry for Some Disordered Interior Geometries (and linked library catalogs). Accessed 2015-22-15.
- Baker, George; Daly, Ann; Davenport, Nancy; Larson, Laura; and Sundell, Margaret (2003). "Francesca Woodman Reconsidered: A Conversation with George Baker, Ann Daly, Nancy Davenport, Laura Larson, and Margaret Sundell". Art Journal. 62 (2).
- "Francesca Woodman". Marian Goodman Gallery. 2004. Archived from the original on February 27, 2009. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
- "Biography for Francesca Woodman" (PDF). Victoria Miro Gallery. 2007. Retrieved September 7, 2007.
- Oliva, Achille Bonito (2000). Francesca Woodman: Providence, Roma, New York. Roma: Castelvecchi arte. ISBN 88-8210-192-4. OCLC 45108542.
- Tejeda, Isabel (2009). Francesca Woodman: Retrospectiva = Retrospective. Murcia, Spain: Espacio AV. ISBN 978-84-96898-42-4.
- Pelloso, Giovanni (2010-07-13). "I ritratti e i misteri di Francesca Woodman". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 2011-11-07.
- Ho, Alexander (November 4, 2011). "Retrospective: Looking Back on Francesca Woodman's Prolific Career". Time. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
- Baker, Kenneth (2011-11-12). "Francesca Woodman's Foreboding Essence Timeless". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- Bowman, Cathy (2011-11-07). "Francesca Woodman Exhibit Displays Haunting Beauty". San Francisco Examiner. Retrieved 2011-11-12.
- Raymond, Claire (2010). Francesca Woodman and the Kantian sublime. Farnham, Surrey and Burlington, VT: Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-6344-7.
- Woodman, Francesca (2011). Francesca Woodman's Notebook. Milan: Silvana. ISBN 978-88-366-2117-0.
- International Center of Photography Store. Francesca Woodman's Notebook. Accessed 2011-11-16.
- Subrin, Elisabeth. The Fancy (video). Chicago: Video Data Bank (distributor), 2000. OCLC 45301667.
- Video Data Bank page on The Fancy. Accessed 2007-09-07.
- Greene, Rachel. Elisabeth Subrin, The Fancy (review). Bomb 2001 Fall;77:22.
- Armour, Nicole. Disappearing acts. Film Comment 2000 Nov/Dec;36(6):55-57.
- Kino Lorber. The Woodmans. Directed by C. Scott Willis. A Lorber Films Release. 2010. Accessed 2011-11-15.
- The Woodmans
- Independent Television Service. The Woodmans, the Haunting Story of Late Photographer Francesca Woodman and Her Family, Premieres on PBS’s Independent Lens on Thursday, December 22, 2011 (press release). 2011-09-21. Accessed 2011-11-15.
- Messer, Ron. C. Scott Willis Interview THE WOODMANS – 2010 Tribeca Film Festival. Collider.com, 2010-05-10. Accessed 2011-11-15.
- The Woodmans (2010). RottenTomatoes.com. Accessed 2011-11-15.
- Public Broadcasting Service, Independent Lens §where it won the 2012 Emmy Award for Outstanding Arts & Culture Programming. The Woodmans. Accessed 2011-11-15.
- Moakley, Paul. Watch closely: Gigi Giannuzzi on Francesca Woodman. Photo District News, 2003 August.
- Gryphon's Feather Studio blog entry, 2005 October 21. Accessed 2007-09-07.
- Townsend 2006, pp. 20–27.
- Tutter, Adele (2011). "Metamorphosis and the aesthetics of loss: II. Lady of the woods – The transformative lens of Francesca Woodman". International Journal of Psychoanalysis: Early View (Online Version). doi:10.1111/j.1745-8315.2011.00457.x.
- Gabhart 1986, p. 19.
- Rus, Eva. Surrealism and self-representation in the photography of Francesca Woodman. 49th Parallel: an Interdisciplinary Journal of North American Studies, Spring 2005. Accessed 2014-09-03.
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- Townsend 2006, pp. 29–30.
- Townsend 2006, pp. 30–31, 39–40.
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- Francesca Woodman at ArtPages
- Francesca Woodman profile at Tyler School of Art at Temple University
- Artist Rooms: Francesca Woodman at Tate Online
- Francesca Woodman: On Being an Angel at PhotoArts Journal
- Francesca Woodman Gallery by Andrew Heenan
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