Francesca Woodman

Untitled

1975–80

Medium
Photograph, gelatin silver print on paper
Dimensions
Image: 152 x 152 mm
Acquisition
ARTIST ROOMS Acquired jointly with the National Galleries of Scotland through The d'Offay Donation with assistance from the National Heritage Memorial Fund and the Art Fund 2008
Reference
AR00363

Online caption

The subject of this portrait was Woodman’s boyfriend, Benjamin P Moore, who once owned the photographs in the ARTIST ROOMS Collection. Woodman met Moore while a student at the Rhode Island School of Design, and he now has an established reputation as a glass designer in America. He can also be seen, alongside Woodman, in the photograph 'Italy, May 1977 – August 1978'. Woodman’s photographs explore issues of gender and self, looking at the representation of the body in relation to its surroundings. These are not conventional portraits, as her sitters appear partially hidden or concealed by slow exposures that blur them into a surreal, ghostly presence. This underlying fragility is emphasised by the small and intimate format of the photographs.

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