Nan Goldin

(Washington, 1953)


Nan Goldin’s work has eroded the boundaries between the private and the public in contemporary photography. Her sister committed suicide when Goldin was eleven, and she left home at sixteen to live in a succession of hippie communes before moving back to Boston to live with a group of transvestites from a club called The Other Side, where she took her first photographs. In 1973 she encountered the work of Diane Arbus and Larry Clark, and was given lessons by Lisette Model. After studying at the Boston School of Fine Arts, where she coincided with Christian Marclay and Philip-Lorca diCorcia, she moved to New York. There she put on slide shows in bars, but she was gradually leaving the night scene behind in favour of experimental art galleries and film, culminating in a presentation accompanied by a soundtrack at the Whitney Biennial in 1985: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. In the early 90s the upsurge of conservatism that accompanied the AIDS crisis prompted her to move to Europe, and since then her career has gone from strength to strength, with accolades including the 2007 Hasselblad Award. At present she divides her time between Paris and New York and works as an artist and as a fashion photographer.

Manuel Segade



Nan Goldin

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