About Nine François

Statement of Intent

For me the excitement of photography is that it is a medium that mixes the real with the subjective, the recorded with the expressed, the objective with the personal. The proportion of each sensibility is fluid and changes with each application.

I have used the photographic process to produce “straight” images that more reflect a documentation of what exists. I’ve also treated photographs as raw material to be manipulated for the creation of artwork.

But the “straight” is never without the subjective, and the expressive in photography always starts in the realm of the real. It is this dynamic blending that keeps me interested both as a producer and a consumer of the photographic image.


Nine holds a Masters of Fine Art degree in photography from The University of Texas at Austin. Her work has been published and exhibited internationally and is included in numerous private and public collections.

Nine currently lives in Austin, Texas where she has taught photography at Texas State University, The University of Texas at Austin, and Austin Community College.

In addition to creating her own work, Nine spearheads many community-based creative projects that center around photography, writing and storytelling. She also teaches workshops on creativity and making meaningful photographic work. For more information about these projects, please look at the COMMUNITY PROJECTS section of this website.


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
Photographic Archives of the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin, TX
Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography, San Marcos, TX
Caddell and Conwell Foundation for the Arts, Houston, TX
Art Collection of Frost Bank, Austin, TX
Art Collection of The University of Texas at Dallas, TX
Art Collection of Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, LA