Francesca Woodman (April 3, 1958 – January 19, 1981) was an American photographer best known for her black and white pictures featuring either herself or female models. Many of her photographs show women, naked or clothed, blurred 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.
“I’ve been really lucky with the people that I’ve worked with. And I’ve been tremendously lucky with the types of characters that I’ve had to play but it’s very clear that there are less roles for women than there are for men. Particularly you look at this film (The Imitation Game) and there are two women characters in this film, the rest of the film is male characters. You look at the number of female directors, writers, producers, there are very, very few. Financiers, there are very, very few. There’s a lot of actresses. There’s a lot of brilliant actresses, there aren’t that many good roles for them. (…) Again, I’m very lucky but finding them is very hard. I get offered some great things but there’s a lot of people. It’s a very crowded pool and a lot of the scripts that are really great are coming to quite a number of us and you have to fight for it.”