Discipline: Visual Art – photography

Francesca Woodman

Discipline: Visual Art – photography
MacDowell fellowships: 1980

Francesca Stern Woodman (1958–1981) was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring either herself or other female models. Many of her photographs show women, naked or clothed, 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 died by suicide at the age of 22, in 1981.

Portrait by Stephan Brigidi



Francesca Woodman worked in the Putnam studio.

The Graphics Studio, converted to its present use in 1972–1974 through a grant from the Putnam Foundation, originally served the property as both a power house and pump house. Well water was pumped from a large cistern to Hillcrest, the Foreman’s Cottage, and the lower buildings closer to Union Street. Inside the building, an engine powered…

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