The Ballad of Sexual Dependency (signed)
Nan Goldin

Edition : First Softcover / New York / Aperture / 1989 / Softcover / Near Fine
Small Square 4to, 144pp. Printed wraps as issued. 126 Colour plates. With just minor rubbing to wraps and browning to edges.

Flatsigned by Goldin to titlepage. Nan Goldin's masterpiece. Cited in Roth, Parr, The Photobook, The Open Book, Hasselblad Center, M. + M. Auer etc. "Nan Goldin's The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is a visual diary chronicling the struggle for intimacy and understanding between friends, family, and lovers'collectively described by Goldin as her 'tribe.' Her work describes a world that is visceral, charged, and seething with life. Her lush color photography and candid style demand that the viewer go beyond the surface to encounter a profound intensity. As Goldin writes: 'Real memory, which these pictures trigger, is an invocation of the color, smell, sound, and physical presence, the density and flavor of life.' Through an accurate and detailed record of her life, Ballad reveals Goldin's personal odyssey as well as a more universal understanding of the different languages men and women speak, and the struggle between autonomy and dependency. Over the past twenty-five years, the influence of Ballad on photography and other aesthetic realms has continually grown, making the work a contemporary classic. Nan Goldin's story of urban life on the fringe was the swan song of an era that reached its peak in the early eighties." Scarce signed and in such good condition.