This vintage book, The Devil’s Playground, is the most significant and comprehensive book on the work of Nan Goldin. Laid out in sequences by Goldin herschel, like a diary, the material is both courageously candid and affirmative. These themed chapters are interspersed with poems, lyrics and texts by writers such as Leonard Cohen, Nick Cave, E E Cummings, Cookie Mueller, and Richard Price.
Nan Goldin is a contemporary American photographer who became famous in the 1980s for her gritty, intimate, often chaotic images of friends, lovers, and herself in the Boston queer and party scenes of the time. She said 'For me it is not a detachment to take a picture. It's a way of touching somebody- it's a caress.' She used photography as a personal attribute, like a sense of humour, a pathway to seduction amongst her friends and acquaintances, the results passed around with affection.
The particular address embraced by the young Goldin was very different from a fly-on-the-wall approach, even when the evident instantaneity and the printing process seem to suggest amateur snapshots. Her subjects are kept emotionally and physically close to her, infused at the moment the shutter and flash is released with a strong sense of grace and a flattering glow. Goldin's empathetic sensor locates the person's self-definition; relaxing her subject with her inquisitive and appreciative conversation, she enhances their beauty.
Format: Hardback Size: 300 x 225 mm (11 7/8 x 8 7/8 in) Pages: 504 pp ISBN: 9780714842233
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