Nan Goldin was born in September 12, 1953 in Washington ,D.C. and grew up in Boston with her middle class Jewish parents. Her sister’s suicide had a big impact on her and at the age of 14 she left home and enrolled at Satya community school in Lincoln where she first got her hands on a camera by the daughter of one of her teachers in 1968. It was through her photography that Goldin found meaning and she cherished her relationships with those she photographed. Her work usually features LGBT community.
At an early state she was influenced by Andy Warhol‘s early films, Federico Fellini, Jack Smith, French and Italian Vogue, Guy Bourdin and Helmut Newton
While living in downtown Boston at age 18, Goldin “fell in love with the drag queens,” living with them and documenting them. Unlike some photographers who were interested in psychoanalyzing or exposing these people, Goldin admired and respected their personalities and sexuality.
It is an autobiographical document of a part of New York City’s No wave music and art scene, the post-Stonewall gay subculture of the late 1970s and early 1980s, the heroin subculture of the Bowery neighbourhood, and Goldin’s personal family and love life.
Nan Goldin’s “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” is one of my favourite photography projects. You can clearly see the emotions and the rawness of her life and the people that surrounded her, who she loved and admired despite the social discrimination and criticism.
Obviously she is projecting her reality through her photographs using a camera instead of a diary as a form of expression. If you think about it, this is her private journal that she just decided to publish it! We all thank her for that!!
I am very happy to have had the chance to see her work this January in MoMa New York and I can proudly say that her work is truly mind-blowing. If you are familiar with her, then you know what I am talking about 😉 if not, you need to look her up the first chance you get. Nan Goldin!
Goldin’s works are held in the collections of The Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Tate Modern in London, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, and the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, among others. Weather you end up fancying her as an artist or not it doesn’t matter really; because at the end of the day she definitely is someone you won’t forget once you come across her work and that is what makes an artist successful. Right?
Have a look at her work and you will have a better idea about what I am talking about.
Here is where you can find her work