I am historically a portraitist. Observing faces, figures, gestures and their stories has been a lifelong pursuit. How I render them in context and space is determined by their implied narrative and how they are rendered by the light around them.
The experience of growing up in New York City, surrounded by an extraordinary human landscape, along with my early background as a dancer, and then as a figurative painter, laid the foundation for my subject of choice.
Later in life, when I moved out to the East End of Long Island, I turned my lens to the nature around me, most specifically the water. I have always had a complicated relationship with water; while it is not my element, I have always been in awe of its power and beauty.
I am happiest when I can combine the two subjects. Even when looking at inanimate landscapes, I am able to find human characteristics and vice versa. Whether photographing the sky from under water or the bodies in water from the sky, changing my perspective helps me access these characteristics and their allegorical implications.
about the artist
Francine Fleischer was born in New York City in 1960 and spent most of her summers in Paris. She received her BFA in painting and photography at SUNY Purchase and pursued Media Studies at New York University. After graduating, she worked as a first camera assistant and printer to Annie Liebovitz, Kelly Klein and Michel Comte.
Francine’s work is in numerous collections and has been exhibited widely, including at Tanto Tempo Gallery, Kobe, Japan; Pictura Gallery, Bloomington, Indiana; Photo Off, Paris; Finn Galley, Greenwich, Connecticut; Sara Nightingale Gallery, Watermill, NY; and Ille Arts, Amagansett. Her work has appeared in a variety of publications, such as Vanity Fair, Italian Vogue, British Elle, Russian Architectural Digest, Conde Nast Traveler, and Esquire. Her commercial clients have included Armani Exchange, Bloomingdales, Mercedes Benz and Starwood Hotels.
She divides her time between Sag Harbor and Brooklyn, NY.