The Frenchie Photo Project

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In March of 2016, it will be two years since my sister Francesca passed away suddenly.  For all of us, losing Frenchie was total heartbreak and utter shock.  Time passes, the clouds are starting to part for me and I can see clearly what I want to do for her. 

As many of you know, I have her photographs. She was an incredible and talented photographer. She was a true artist. Her work dealt with the challenge of love and connection, of self and identity, of bodies and masks and the performance of love. It speaks to me personally and my own work in so many ways.

With this GoFundMe campaign, I am declaring my intention to start archiving and digitizing her photos. I only have hard copies and some slides (digital files were lost on a laptop she had that was stolen from her). It costs a chunk of change to have high quality scans made of her hard copies, they also may need retouching to get them back to their original state.

I will be working with her friend and CCA colleague Sebastian Caseres in San Francisco to scan her slides. He was very close to her project and her work and he is the perfect person to do this.

This project will lead to a book of her work and writing. Perhaps a collaborative project. I want to build something BIG. As big and kickass as she was. This is just the beginning. The start is the archiving and the digital images.

Donations of $50 or more will be invited to a memorial exhibit (likely multiple locations San Francisco and San Diego). Donations of $500 and more will recieve a high quality large print of a photo of their choice -- updates about those will be posted here.

Also, if there are other ways you'd like to support -- with resources or ideas, please contact me! 

More details to come.  However, it is time for me to start this project. It is time for me to finally collaborate with my sister. When she was alive we talked about this. We always wanted to. With love and energy and inspiration in my heart I ask for contributions from her family and friends and admirers (of which she had many -- the badass that she was).  

To Francesca and her beautiful life and her beautiful work.





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Hello all!

An update about the project - Not only did we reach our fundraising goal this last year but we got some media coverage about the project from a major magazine: https://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/frenchie-delorenzos-intimate-photos-of-men-from-craigslist.
It was translated into 4 languages also. I think it is an intense piece to read for anyone who loved her. It is also beautifully written and ultimately, I think she would have loved to see her work presented on such a large scale, right alongside stories about famous artists and fashion icons.

I just reached out to a photography book publisher to pitch the book. If anyone has contacts in photography/publishing please send them my way.

Sending you all love and appreciation for your continued support for this project.

xo

Maria DeLorenzo
mariadeelo@gmail.com
https://www.francescadelorenzo.org/
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The site is up and updated with the latest scanned negatives! www.francescadelorenzo.org

To all of you amazing donors, thank you for your support in what has been an often painful, cathartic, and time-consuming process, your donations are deeply appreciated and still being used in the process of scanning and making prints. Please look at the site, send me feedback and questions, and contribute writing or thoughts to the blog.

Love to all.

Maria
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Hi all you wonderful and amazing friends and family and supporters of this project! This last week we had a final donation which brought us entirely to our project goal. This donation was out of the blue and extremely generous and just so happened to coincide with some much needed updates to the site we are working on Thank you all for your patience and generosity. I will send out the link to the archive site this week, and there will be continued updates to it in the coming weeks and we touch up the photos and continue to add more. It is a work in progress as life is. Thank you thank you. Love to you all.
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Update! The photo scanning and work is well underway. First set of files are being processed. Sebastian has sent me some of them to review. Her self portraits are so beautiful. Next step is to make some select prints for some of the donors. If you're interested in specific prints and want to talk to me about it, let me know!
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Adam Michael Ryckman
22 months ago

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Steve Dickison
19 months ago

Thank you, Maria.

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31 months ago
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Cherry DeLorenzo
31 months ago

Honey, thank you for doing this. We do have some large prints at the apartment which I will look at and send photos to you in case you don't have them. But we will want some prints.

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31 months ago
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Jenny Gardham
31 months ago

Wishing you joy and closure with your project.

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