Francesca Phillips is a photographer, a filmmaker and screenwriter, and a lecturer and educator in digital imaging. Currently living between London and Spain, Phillips began her career in unit stills and specials photography for film and theatre productions, and later trained in the United States at Kodak’s legendary Centre for Creative Imaging, Maine. As a visiting lecturer for four years in computer graphics at The Royal College of Art, London and at Richmond, The American International University in London, she helped create the first teaching programs in what was then the very new world of digital imaging and image manipulation. She was the first to win membership of The British Institute of Professional Photography for her work in this area.
Phillips’ photographs are held in many private collections. Her work has been published in journals that include The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The London Daily Telegraph, Archis, Hotshoe, Black+White Photography (UK) and LensWork, and by publishers Vintage, William Heinemann and HarperCollins. Her story ‘The Last Flagellants of Northern Spain’ won a documentary award from the Humanity Photo Awards, China. Most recently she has completed an in-depth portrait of life inside the strict and enclosed monastic order of the Trappists. The first solo exhibition of this work entitled ‘White Monks: A life in Shadows’, was shown at Centro de Iniciativas de La Caja de Canarias (CICCA) in Las Palmas, Spain, and has since exhibited at Holy Trinity Church, London and at Wolfson College, Oxford. It is accompanied by a limited edition artists book.
Commissioned by Al Jazeera, Qatar, she wrote, produced and directed ‘Written in the Wind’, a documentary on the whistling language of La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands. This film won Best Documentary in Anthropology at the Jade Kunlun Awards, China, and was screened by the mc2 Gallery, Milan, and the University of Milan as the centrepiece of a discussion on the philosophy of language. Francesca Phillips Films is currently producing a series of short observational films that explore habitus. The first is ‘The Barber’.