Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (Hardcover)

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By Nan Goldin (Photographer), Mark Holborn (Editor), Marvin Heiferman (Editor)
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Goldin has an eye for capturing raw emotion that jumps out at you from the page and beats you all over, leaving you just as bruised as some of her subjects. There is an obvious connection between the artist and those she captures, her "tribe" of friends and family, and this passion is harsh, complicated, and extremely human.


— From Marissa A. Staff Picks


First published in 1986, Nan Goldin's The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a visual diary chronicling the struggles for intimacy and understanding among the friends and lovers whom Goldin describes as her tribe. These photographs described a lifestyle that was visceral, charged and seething with a raw appetite for living, and the book soon became the swan song for an era that reached its peak in the early 1980s. Twenty-five years later, Goldin's lush color photography and candid style still demand that the viewer encounter their profound intensity head-on. As she writes: Real memory, which these pictures trigger, is an invocation of the color, smell, sound and physical presence, the density and flavor of life. Through an accurate and detailed record of Goldin's life, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency records a personal odyssey as well as a more universal understanding of the different languages men and women speak. The book's influence on photography and other aesthetic realms has continued to grow, making it a classic of contemporary photography. This anniversary edition features all-new image separations produced using state-of-the-art technologies and specially prepared reproduction files, which offer a lush, immersive experience of this touchstone monograph.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781597112086
ISBN-10: 1597112089
Publisher: Aperture
Publication Date: October 31st, 2012
Pages: 144
Language: English