Nan Goldin

Self-Portrait with Eyes Turned Inward, Boston, 1989/1999

Cibachrome, 76 x 102 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur, gift Andreas Reinhart
Inv. no. 1999-008-015
© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin
*1953 in Washington D.C.; lives in New York City

It was in the bars of Boston that Nan Goldin began work on The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. In this major project she photographed herself and her friends – directly, intimately, close up. The result is a portrayal of sexuality, relationships, power, and identity that is at once tender and hard-hitting. For a long time she photographed without natural light, using harsh, even blinding flashlight.