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Nan Goldin: The Ballad Of Sexual Dependency Paperback – June 15, 2005

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Nan Goldin was born in Washington, D.C., in 1953. At eighteen, she began photographing her exted family in New York City; Provincetown, Massachusetts; and London. Her work continues to be exhibited worldwide.

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  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (June 15, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893813397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893813390
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 10 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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41 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Ceda Xiong on February 2, 2005
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It's really sad how Nan Goldin hasn't gottten a single intelligible review for her seminial work, "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency." Her incredibly self-brutalizing protrayl of her life, friends, lovers, are just the sort of photographs we take when we want memories to cut. Most of the photographs are candid, fleshy, and almost dirtied with color. People copulate, hurt, masturbate, alienate each other with the sort of urbane nonchalance that people confused in their own lives inflict on others. In one particular self-portrait, Nan Goldin records her battered face directly after being battered by her lover, her bloodied eye matching her pasty lipstick. That one photograph can rip you to shreds if you let it. Originally, Nan Goldin showed "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" in a slideshow format, which probably has a different feel than the book does. While some of the photos in the book were a little weak in the grain, most of the photos are beautifully reproduced.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Holly on February 2, 2006
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Nan Goldin captures what it's like to be human in a way that no one else can. Her friends---her family----feel pain and introspection and I felt lonely looking through the book but the rare moments of connection in a world where so many people are alone with their drug addiction, disease, unhappiness, are all the more moving.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry A. Fisher on August 28, 2008
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Nan Golden achieves in this book a thing that is very difficult for most photographers to do well. She makes pictures of great power because they are connected to deep personal experiences, good moments and bad. The bridge of the gap between subject and photographer in herself helps bridge the gap between photograph and viewer.
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A classic. Not to be missed if you are interested in the art last 30 years.

The Whitney owns an original edition of the slideshow, set ti music. They bring it out and play it from time to time --trust me wait in line -- Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependencysee it
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