Nan Goldin’s richly coloured snapshots capture a world that is universally human yet highly personal. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, a filmic slideshow, presents hundreds of intense, intimate moments from Goldin’s life in New York during the 1970's and ‘80's—the artist in bed with her lover, drag queens kissing in bars, a man suffering from HIV. While Goldin, now recognised as a pioneer of diaristic photography, documents with unflinching candour a society ravaged by AIDS, drug addiction, and abuse, it is the empathy reflected in these images that imbue them with a remarkable lyricism. Unlike the cool detachment of documentary photography, taking pictures for Goldin is “a way of touching someone—a form of tenderness.”
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