Nan Goldin, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

First published by Aperture in 1986, Nan Goldin’s groundbreaking publication The Ballad of Sexual Dependency – now considered as a contemporary classic – was given new life in a fresh paperback edition with new scans from the original transparencies. Originally presented as a slide projection, this body of work offers an intimate visual portrait of the photographer and her tribe’s – as Goldin defines it – unrestrained urban lifestyle in the 70’s and 80’s, marked by the young protagonists’ insatiable quest for intimacy and understanding with friends, family, lovers. The photographs were taken between London, Berlin, Provincetown (Massachusetts) and New York, where she’d lived since 1978. While revealing an intense, often dramatic personal odyssey, Goldin’s color, visceral photographs are also capable to raise issues of wider relevance, such as the communication between men and women and an endless struggle between autonomy and dependency.


Nan Goldin was born in Washington D.C. in 1953 and currently lives between Berlin, Paris and New York. Thanks to The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, her first book, she gained the international interest that followed over the years of her career, along with prestigious prices and acknowledgments.

Nan Goldin, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency 
Aperture, 2012
148 pp., 35.00 $