Francesca Phillips is a photographer and filmmaker whose work draws on anthropology.
Currently living and working 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 College,
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.
Under the umbrella of Francesca Phillips Films she wrote, produced and directed ‘Written in the Wind’, a documentary commissioned by Al Jazeera, Qatar, on the whistling language of
La Gomera, one of the Canary Islands. The film won Best Documentary in Anthropology at the Jade Kunlun Awards, China, and was screened by the mc2 Gallery, Milan and by the University
of Milan as the centrepiece of a discussion on the philosophy of language. ‘White Monks: A life in Shadows’, an in-depth photographic portrait of life inside the strict and enclosed monastic
order of the Trappists, has been exhibited in the UK and Spain. It is accompanied by a limited edition artist´s book held in private collections and in the Herron Art Library at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and The University of Washington Library. A documentary in production now is due to be completed in 2017.
Her current work ´Los Canarios´ is a practise-based research project that seeks to investigate the roots of the indigenous population of the Canary Islands, and how they may relate to current Canarian culture. An exhibition of the beginning of this work has been exhibited at La Nube di OOrt Gallery, Rome.