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Francesca Woodman was a professional photographer, known for the black and white photos in which she and other female models posed. She who was born in 1958, in Denver, CO and died in 1981. Woodman’s photographs explore issues of gender and self, looking at the representation of the body in relation to its surroundings. Her parents were the artists George Woodman and Betty Woodman. Francesca photographed a lot of young women who are nude, blurred and merging with their surroundings.

At the age of thirteen Francesca Woodman took her first self-portrait. In 1980, Woodman became an artist-in-residence at McDowell Colony. During this time, she continued to send portfolios to photographers with no success. Since 1986, her work has been exhibited widely and has been the subject of extensive critical study in the United States and Europe.