/ 2020 / Portraiture / Children

At twelve

When my daughter turned 12, I noticed subtle but profound changes in her. Physical ones: hair, breasts and blood appeared, limbs grew longer, hips got rounder. And emotional ones: mood swings, doubt, anger and self-depreciation, together with strong will and assertiveness. Either happy, playful and carefree, or compassionate, serious and even worried. Brutal emotions in a raw body.
To cope as a mother, the photographer in me turned these changes into photos. And paired them with natural elements to remember that these permanent changes are normal and beautiful and should only be embraced.

Belgian photographer currently based in Luxembourg, I work on a diverse range of subjects dealing with portraiture, documentary photography, street photography and fine art. I explore storytelling through photography in order to shed light on the manifold aspects of life.

I have a Masters degree in English and German literature, and in literary translation. I lived four years in the Philippines, and five years in Australia.

Awards My work has been awarded various prizes and has been exhibited in Australia, Belgium, France, Spain, Italy and Myanmar.

Awards: https://www.otherpix.com/francoiseholtzmacherbio

Exhibitions: https://www.otherpix.com/francoiseholtzmacherexhibitions