ABOUT FRANCES BUKOVSKY
Frances Bukovsky (b. 1996, they/them) is a fine art documentary photographer making work about chronic illness, disability, and queerness in the context of selfhood, relationships, and medical experiences. They utilize self portraiture, documentary style photography, and alternative process prints to understand their dynamic and fluid experience of both illness and gender identity.
Bukovsky earned a BFA with Honors in Photography and Imaging from Ringling College of Art and Design in 2018. Since then, they have been published internationally for their work on chronic illness, including a feature in Archer Magazine’s Disability issue. They have also exhibited work in group shows such as Wanted: A World for One Billion, a UNFPA and Photoville exhibition at the United Nations HQ in NYC, and If We Never Get Better at TILT curated by Sydney Ellison. Bukovsky’s debut monograph, Vessel, was published by Fifth Wheel Press in 2020.
Besides their personal art practice, Bukovsky participates in community building around photography. In 2020 they became a part of the founding team at Life at Six Feet, a photography project born out of a need for connection during the Covid-19 pandemic. That project has since evolved into the Kinship Photography Collective which explores the intimate connections between nature, culture, and belonging.
Bukovsky is a photography instructor who seasonally directs the darkroom at AGBU's Camp Nubar, as well as offers workshops on making photographs from personal experience through various platforms. Outside of photography they have a deep rooted interest in the history and practice of medicine, from historical traditions of healing, to modern practices. They also have a vested interest in disability issues and works as a respite care worker. When they aren’t making photographs, they can be found reading any book that catches their eye, wandering around the woods someplace, or getting lost in some place new.
Bukovsky is currently based in the Asheville, North Carolina area.