Nan Goldin has taken intensely personal, spontaneous, sexual, and transgressive photographs of her family, friends, and lovers.
As a teenager in Boston in the 1960s, and then in New York starting in the 1970s, Nan Goldin has taken intensely personal, spontaneous, sexual and transgressive photographs of her family, friends and lovers. In 1979 she presented her first slide show in a New York nightclub, and her richly colored, snapshot-like photographs were soon heralded as a groundbreaking contribution to fine art photography. “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” — the name she gave her ever-evolving show — eventually grew into a forty-five-minute multimedia presentation of more than 700 photographs, accompanied by a musical soundtrack. Her work has been the subject of two major touring retrospectives: one organized in 1996 by the Whitney Museum of American Art and another, in 2001, by the Centre Pompidou, Paris, and Whitechapel Gallery, London. The original 35mm format slide-show installation of “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” was presented at the Museum of Modern Art in 2017. Goldin lives and works in Berlin and New York.