New and notable: Anna Tellgren's Francesca Woodman: On Being an Angel

Though today Francesca Woodman is one of the most iconic and well-regarded American photographers, in her lifetime, she was tragically ignored by the mainstream. Indeed, the widespread rejection of her work by the curators and critics of her time contributed to her depression, which culminated in her untimely death by suicide at just age 22 in 1980.

Though her life was short, she was remarkably prolific, and produced an enormous body of work. Her photography consists largely of black and white portraits of women, most often of herself or her friends, usually set in decaying and derelict environments. In her compositions, she experimented with the relationship of the subjects within time and space, using long exposures and slow shutter speeds, creating surreal images. Her work pushed the boundaries of the medium, and its focus on feminine subjects, gender roles, and bodies presented in this intimate new way was nothing short of groundbreaking.

Many of her original prints are currently on display at Foam Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, until March 9th 2016, in a show organized by Anna Tellgren, curator of photography at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm and author of this book. If you're not going to be in Amsterdam in the coming weeks to see the exhibition, this monograph is the next best thing, showcasing much of the best work of this truly visionary artist.

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