Born in 1953
Nan Goldin is an American photographer known for her deeply candid and personal portraits. Goldin’s images act as a visual autobiography about herself and her loved ones, including the LGBTQ community. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1980 – 1986) is a musical photo slideshow describing her life in the New York sub-cultures in the 1980s and intended to be seen as part of an installation. “The slideshow is really my medium. I wanted to make films. That’s always been my ambition,” she said. The Ballad was first exhibited at the Whitney Biennale in 1985 and was published in a notebook the following year. Born Nancy “Nan” Goldin on September 12, 1953 in Washington, D.C., the artist began taking photographs as a teenager. Influenced by fashion photographer Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin, a teacher shows her the work of photographers Diane Arbus, Larry Clark and August Sander. She lives and works between New York, Paris and London.