Francesca Tirpak is a photographer, writer, journalist and designer from San Diego, California. They are currently studying BSc (Hons) Digital Journalism at Leeds Beckett University, having recently returned from a gap year in New York City where they interned at Terrorbird Media, Girlie Action, and ATO Records. There, they undertook a variety of roles and responsibilities within the music industry including marketing, publicity, and artist management. Fran has also worked with ListenSD, one of the largest music media magazines operating out of San Diego, since 2015, in both contributor and administrative positions.
Since moving to England from Southern California, Fran’s interests have grown from mainly music journalism, including shooting concerts and review articles, to more in-depth profile features and portrait photography. Additionally, they’re delving further into videography and design, with a solid focus still on DIY scenes in art and music.
Signs of Tenderness is an in-depth investigation of themes surrounding chosen family in the LGBTQ+ community during the rise of the fourth wave of feminism, with a focus on intersectionality and the unique manifestation of relationship characteristics within this community. This project is manifested in a mixed-media photobook, including short interviews from the subjects photographed during travels and meetings with contributors in the USA and the UK.
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