The Devil's Playground


The most significant book to date on this influential contemporary photographer.


Texts by Nick Cave, Guido Costa, Enrique Juncosa, Catherine Lampert, Sharon Olds and Richard Price


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Price: USD$125.00



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Specifications

Overview
  • The most significant book published to date on Nan Goldin (b.1953), one of the most prominent and influential of contemporary photographers
  • Contains Goldin's latest work alongside earlier classics, including images from new series such as Elements, 57 Days, Still on Earth and From Here to Maternity, many published here for the first time
  • An intimate and compelling photographic portrait, which tells personal stories of relationships and identity, chronicling different eras and the passage of time
  • Features previously unpublished works by Goldin, alongside earlier classics
  • Photographic sequences are interspersed with texts, poems and lyrics by prominent writers



In The Press
'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(s)
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.


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