NOTE: Explicit imagery
Nan Goldin (1953) is a documentary photographer who captures her life and the people she loves in a series of colorful breathtaking snapshots. Her style is definitely described as snap shot esque. She is best known for her work depicting the underground world of her drag queen friends, her violent relationship with her ex boyfriend, and the slow and heartwrenching demise of aids inflicted friends, including her best friend Cookie.
Photo by Nan Goldin. Nan one month after being battered, 1984
Gotscho kissing Gilles (deceased), 1993
I particularly love Goldin’s use of available lighting and timing. Notice the way the light streams in through the car window and the way the cigarette smoke curls…it’s as if you’re in the car with them at that very moment.
Nan Goldin ran away from home when she was 14 years old (right after her older sister committed suicide) and lived in numerous foster homes. In 1968 her teacher at Satya Community School introduced her to the camera, and that is when she first began documenting Boston’s gay and transexual community, introduced to her by yet another famous photographer and close friend, David Armstrong.
Goldin documented her friends during the post-punk-new wave scene and would display her work in slideshow form at local bars and clubs, accompanied by music. One of her most famous slide shows is titled The Ballad of Sexual Dependency.
Nan Goldin is represented exclusively by the Matthew Marks Gallery and Yvon Lambert Gallery.