Nan Goldin

The Hug

Nan Goldin
The Hug, 1980
Cibachrome, 60.5 x 50.4 cm
Collection Fotomuseum Winterthur, gift Jean and Käti Robert-Durrer, Zurich

© Nan Goldin

b. 1953 (Washington, US), lives and works in New York, US
It was in the bars of Boston that Nan Goldin began work on The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. In this major project she photographed herself and her friends – directly, intimately, close up. The result is a portrayal of sexuality, relationships, power, and identity that is at once tender and hard-hitting. For a long time she photographed without natural light, using harsh, even blinding flashlight.