on 23 February 2007
As the above review says this is an extensive collection of Nan Goldins work. The quality of the book and reproduction is up too the usual standards of Phaidon releases and will not disapoint.
Nan Goldins confessional style is displayed well. The majority of the images work best viewed as shown here as part of a total work, not many work as stand alone images.
The themes are exhausting, I felt as though I was being dragged into her life and felt physicaly drained but couldnt stop.
A moving experience.
on 23 March 2009
This is an extraordinary book by an extraordinary artist. Quite how the previous reviewer can state that few of the images stand alone is beyond me: time and again Goldin finds sacred in the profane, beauty in ugliness, tenderness in extremis. Nan Goldin fashions the sublime from the everyday; she finds salvation in a godless world through intimacy and trust. Of course, in the context of major social changes over the last 30 years, Goldin's work has enormous political -- as well as artistic -- resonance. On the face of it, Nan Goldin is a documentary photographer -- she works with natural light, her photographs are unstaged, her subjects 'real people' (in fact, her extended family). And yet the editing -- which is one of many strokes of brilliance in this book -- is anything but accidental; composition is extraordinary; nuance infinitely affecting.
Nan Goldin is a genius. And short of another major retrospective at the Whitechapel or a restaging of Ballad at Tate Modern, this is currently the closest we can get to the heart of a great artist.