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Nan Goldin

4.18  ·  Rating Details ·  130 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
55 is a new series of beautifully produced pocket-sized books that acknowledge and celebrate all styles and aspects of photography.


Nan Goldin is a major figure in the contemporary art world. She is most famous for the long-term photographic record of the lives of her and her friends, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. She calls this "the diary I let people read." Her work co

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Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 5th 2001 by Phaidon Press (first published 2001)
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Karyn
Aug 28, 2016 Karyn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, fine-arts
Beautiful
Alan
Oct 20, 2015 Alan rated it really liked it
Shelves: art-cinema
a great introduction to Goldin's work (which I know a bit) - one or two photographs for each year from 1973-2000, covering her 'Ballad of Sexual Dependency' years up to her 'grids' - Tokyo, Positive and Maternity. Her work is either strikingly focused and with saturated colour or more abstract and 'painterly'. I prefer the former, her work on drag queens, AIDS victims and intimate acquaintances, although posed, have 'in the room' quality, as do her still lifes (eg the breakfast tray on the hotel ...more
CoolBreeze1978
Mar 25, 2011 CoolBreeze1978 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's ok to judge a compilation of photography by it's cover. Goldin takes the kind of photos I wish I could take. They say anthropological objectivity is impossible because the observer necessarily influences the studied. Goldin's photography seems to bend that rule, if not all out break it. Love these photos.
Alex
Nov 27, 2011 Alex rated it it was amazing
Shelves: art, 5-star-books
Series 55 is a pocket book sized collection of 55 representations of contemporary photographers' works published by Phaidon.
Michael Sörensen
Jul 17, 2013 Michael Sörensen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: photography
Stunning little book of honest depictions of real people living real lives. Some are really heartbreaking while others are simply beautiful
Erika
Jun 06, 2007 Erika rated it it was amazing
Schreibe gerade eine Arbeit über diese Fotos, sehr schön, wenn auch manchmal für meinen Geschmack etwas (ideenlos) sozio-dokumentarisch, aber das gleichen die wunderbaren Portraits wieder aus.
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Though a very small format (pocket-sized), it's a decent introduction to Goldin's work.
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