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Trials & tribulations of creating my Photobook - Fran Forman

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Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Fran studied art and sociology as an undergraduate at Brandeis University and then received an MSW, working for several years with heroin addicts. She earned an MFA from Boston University in graphic design, but spent most of her grad school years experimenting in the darkroom.

Today Fran is an Affiliated Scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University and teaches workshops nationally and abroad. She is also a recipient of grants from the Sassower, Tyre, Tavris, and Puffin Foundations. She has been a Resident Artist at Holsnoy Kloster, Norway, The Studios of Key West, and the Vermont Studio Center.

Fran’s photo-paintings are in the permanent collections of The Boston Museum of Fine Arts, The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM, Washington, DC), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Grace Museum, Abilene, The Sunnhordland Museum, Norway, the Conner Collection at The University of Texas, and the North Down Museum, Northern Ireland.

In this talk Fran will discuss the creation of her new award-winning book, The Rest Between Two Notes: Selected Work by Fran Forman, which was published by Unicorn in 2020.

By integrating her contemporary photography with historical periods and various settings from around the world, Forman creates a world of illusion; upon closer inspection, what appears ordinary suggests an underlying tension and an aura of mystery. Expressed in the diffused colors of twilight and chiaroscuro, her  images blur the boundaries between photography, late Renaissance painting, and film noir.
Fran dedicates the book to those who take the time to participate IN THE CONVERSATION THAT IS ART. With those words, she begins a journey through…or better said…a conversation with her photomontage (or photopainting) work. Recognizing that each viewer takes away her or his own experience from a piece of art, Forman has structured this book with impressions from ordinary people to her works. The result is fascinating as one gains insights into the viewers as well as the art, enriching the experience and encouraging the reader to articulate his or her own impressions.

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Gerry Coe FRPS




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