Saturday, October 5, 2013

Nan Goldin's Self-portraits

Nan Goldin (American, b.1953) grew up in Boston, MA, where she started taking photographs as a teenager as a way of documenting the gay and transsexual communities she had been introduced to by her close friend and fellow photographer David Armstrong , (American, b.1954). In these early works, she maintained a particular focus on images of drag queens, which continued as a powerful motif throughout her work. She attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, where she began creating a body of work that would later form the basis of her most well-known project, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency.
"My work has been about making a record of my life that no one can revise. I photograph myself in times of trouble or change in order to find the ground to stand on in the change. I was coming out of a melancholic phase. This was taken when I was traveling extensively, on the road from hotel to hotel. You get displaced, and then taking self-portraits becomes a way of hanging on to yourself." - said Nan Goldin.
Here's a collection of interesting self-portraits of the artist Nan Goldin:

Nan Goldin, ‘Nan one month after being battered’ 1984

Nan at her bottom…, The Bowery, NYC 1988

Self-portrait in the mirror, The Lodge, Belmont, MA 1988

Self-portrait with eyes turned inward, Boston 1989

Self-portrait writing in my diary, Boston 1989

Self-portrait in my Blue Bathroom, Berlin 1991

Self-portrait in my room, Berlin 1994

Self-portrait in the mirror, Hotel Baur, Zürich, 1998

Self-portrait Laughing Paris, 1999

Self-portrait in my pyjamas, The Priory Clinic, London 2002

Self-portrait in the taxi, Paris 2004

Self-portrait in party hat, New Years Eve, Renaissance, Malibu, 2005-2006

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