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The Devil's Playground Paperback – 11 Oct 2007
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"You'll be drawn in, turned on, disgusted, or in love with this absorbing book, which has a strange beauty of it own."―Digital Photographer
"Her work is defiantly stripped bare - in The Devil's Playground, reality bites."―Elle
"This intense, roller-coaster ride through pain and pleasure is made bearable by the extraordinary beauty of the photographs."―Time Out
"Goldin’s consistent theme shines through in all its accessibility. She documents life as lived... It is fitting that the sequencing, which was laid out by Goldin herself, feels distinctly diary-esque: the profound insights often to be found in a seemingly abstract moment."―Pictured
"Testament to a community of loved and loving bodies."―Time Out
"These 500 pages of beautifully reproduced colour pictures constitute a moving soulful and surprisingly optimistic record of the work of a genius."―Diva
"For any Goldin fan, it’s a must-have."―Digital Photographer
About the Author
Nan Goldin was born in 1953 in Washington, DC. She grew up there and in Boston, where she began to take photographs at the age of 15. In 1978 she moved to New York and then to Berlin where she lived and worked from 1991 to 1993. She currently lives and works in Paris. Since the early 1970s, Goldin has taken numerous photographs of her friends and 'family', which form a unique corpus of work. She is most famous for her Ballad of Sexual Dependency photographs, a constantly changing slide show of approximately 750 photographs set to music. Goldin's life and friends became the focus of her work - a diary of friends and lovers in Europe and America, in the underground and gay scene. Since the 1980s Goldin's photographs have been exhibited internationally, at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in California, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Museu Reina Sofia in Madrid.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
A classical book of personal and worldwide photography.
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For devotees of Nan Goldin's work, this book is a must. And for viewers marginally approaching photography as an art form then look no further. A magnum opus of the work of one of America's more significant contemporary artists.