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Nan Goldin Photographer

Rather surprisingly our most successful post ever has been about Nan Goldin, a photographer of great merit but who probably divides opinions. This from the Tate website gives an artist biography and has images.

“American photographer. Goldin began taking photographs as a teenager in Boston, MA. Her earliest works, black-and-white images of drag queens, were celebrations of the subcultural lifestyle of the community to which she belonged. During a period of study at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, she began displaying her work in the format of a slide-show, a constantly evolving project that acquired the title (appropriated from The Threepenny Opera by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht) The Ballad of Sexual Dependency in 1981. This collection of images had a loose thematic structure and was usually shown with an accompanying sound-track, first in the clubs where many of the images were taken and then within gallery spaces. In the 1990s Goldin continued to produce portraits of drag queens, but also made images of friends who were dying of AIDS and recorded her experiences travelling in Asia…”.….MORE

Misty and Jimmy Paulette in a taxi, NYC 1991

© Nan Goldin, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Nan one month after being battered 1984 Nan Goldin

© Nan Goldin, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

Greer and Robert on the bed, NYC 1982

© Nan Goldin, courtesy Matthew Marks Gallery, New York

There is a very interesting interview in The Guardian

‘My camera has saved my life’

From New York’s druggy nightlife to her parents ‘making out’, Nan Goldin chronicles the real and the raw. She talks to Angelique Chrisafis about art, pornography and tabloid critics

“Nan Goldin leads me into the bedroom of her Paris apartment, fluffs up a pillow and settles down on her bed, lighting a cigarette. Her pink dressing gown hangs over the door of her wardrobe; there are black and white stills on the wall. It’s fitting that the legendary photographer should want us to talk in her bedroom, side by side on the patterned bedspread: long before Tracey Emin’s unmade chaos, Goldin specialised in the silences of rumpled sheets. Since the early 1970s, she has shot herself and friends in bed – having sex, sleeping, arguing and, after Aids struck, dying. She curled up with her boyfriend Brian, and later shot a bruised self-portrait after he hit her.”.…MORE

Here are some links for further study

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nan_Goldin

http://www.matthewmarks.com/artists/nan-goldin/

http://www.artnet.com/artists/nan-goldin/

http://www.moma.org/collection/artist.php?artist_id=7532

and here is a link to our original post

One response to “Nan Goldin Photographer

  1. Pingback: Nan Goldin: the fabulous drag queens who launched my career | Oxford School of Photography

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