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Self Portrait Talking to Vince
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Gelatin silver print
1980

American photographer Francesca Woodman used her own body posed within crumbling architectural spaces to create an intimate, surreal and coherent body of work that, despite her tragic death at age 22, has influenced the generations of photographers that followed her. Exploring images of the self and the female form, Woodman’s images exist in the psychological space between fantasy and reality, and her experimentations with evocative staging and lengthened exposure times serve to enhance their mysterious quality. In this black-and-white photograph, Woodman is seen seated in a corner looking awkwardly toward the camera, her mouth gaping open. A sinewy object protrudes from her lips trailing to the right just past her face as if a word bubble, referencing the title Self Portrait Talking to Vince.