Alison Dunhill


Research: Francesca Woodman

Alison Dunhill studied art history at the Universities of East Anglia and Essex. Her most recent research focused on the 1970s American photographer Francesca Woodman.

Her paper 'Quaderno Raffaello: Anticipation and Delight' is an analysis of Francesca Woodman's photographic book, known variously as Quaderno, Quaderno Raffaello and, in the facsimile edition published in 2011, Francesca Woodman's Notebook.

This facsimile reproduction of the original photographic book as created by Francesca Woodman, with an Afterword by her father George Woodman, is published by Silvana Editoriale, 2011, ISBN 978-8836621170 and is available here - just copy and paste 978-8836621170 into the search box at the top of the Alibris page.

The photographic book and the images within it are analysed and discussed in detail in Alison Dunhill's paper, which is available as a PDF file here. It may be cited with due acknowledgement to Alison Dunhill who has asserted her right under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 to be identified as the author of this work.

The paper, with some minor modifications, forms Chapter 6 of Alison Dunhill's thesis 'Almost A Square': The Photographic Books of Francesca Woodman and Their Relationship to Surrealism, University of Essex, 2012.

This thesis investigates Francesca Woodman's work within the framework of surrealist ideas materialised, though not exclusively, in photography. It includes what is to date the only full descriptive and interpretative analysis of all six of the photographic books that Woodman made in her lifetime.

Alison Dunhill's peer-reviewed paper ('Dialogues with Diagrams', re·bus, 2, 2008) on another of Francesca Woodman's photographic books, some disordered interior Geometries, was published in re·bus (University of Essex) Issue 2, Autumn 2008, pp.2-33. It can be read online here or download a PDF here.