Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin is a groundbreaking documnetary photographer. She documents her life and community photographing herself and her friends, intimates and acquaintances, in a series of indelible images of unflinching, often unflattering candour. Images of drug use, sexuality and gender, physical abuse, domesticity, boredom, love, portraits tender and fierce,were gathered as a sort of visual diary to form her first major body of work, the Ballad of Sexual Dependency.

Relentlessly focusing on the flesh in close quarters, she has chronicled family and parenthood, the tragedies of AIDS, addiction and recovery, age and loss, the intimacies and alienations of friends and lovers and the restless searching of an artist.

Goldin has written: ‘Real memory, which these pictures trigger, is an invocation of the color, smell, sound, and physical presence, the density and flavor of life.’ Goldin currently lives in New York and Paris and has spent considerable time as well Bangkok, Berlin, and Tokyo creating a major body of work that offers a compelling portrait of our times.