Nine Francois photographs are featured in the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, Austin, TX, and the University of Texas at Dallas collection. Her work has been in numerous public and private collections including the Wittliff Gallery of Southwestern & Mexican Photography. Her work has been represented internationally in publications such as Communication Arts, Voices of Art, Foto&Video (Moscow) and The British Journal of Photography.
Nine holds a Masters of Fine Art degree from the University of Texas at Austin. Nine lives in Austin, Texas where she has taught photography at Texas State University, the University of Texas at Austin and Austin Community College.
Artist Statement - "In taking my photographs, I need to be very close to the animal involved, frequently within touching distance, to get the visual distillation that Im after. Consequently, finding the animals and convincing the owners to let me get so close has been a great challenge - although the majority of these animals are accustomed to a human presence, they are by no means domesticated. This usually means a long process of building a relationship of trust with the owners, and afterwards, with the animal itself. There is a lot of dancing around and cajoling that occurs during these photo sessions. When I get the animal just right in my frame, theres a moment of magic and gratitude."