Nan Goldin Biography - ArtLyst
Nan Goldin was born in 1953 in Washington D.C. She grew up in the suburban Boston community of Lexington Massachusetts. After attending the Satya Community School in Boston,she began to concentrate on her photography.
Her first serious body of work culminated in an exhibition in 1973,of black-and-white photographs of her friends in the transvestite community of Boston.Goldin was awarded an BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in 1977/1978. Always a scene kid, Nan spent much of her time hanging out with the emerging Boston music scene.
Following graduation, Goldin moved to New York City. She began documenting the post-punk new-wave music scene, along with the city's vibrant, post-Stonewall gay subculture of the late 1970s and early 1980s. She was drawn especially to the Bowery's hard-drug subculture.
Goldin is an example of an artist who works at the most intimate level, her life is her work and her work, her life. Rarely working from natural light, Goldin illuminates her subjects with careful use of flash that extenuates her vibrant colors. She achieves bright, deep hues by printing her 35 mm film with a photographic process called Cibachrome. While normal, c-type prints are made from printing from color negatives, Cibachrome prints are photographs printed from slides. This process allows the photographer to achieve optimum colors and contributes greatly to the sharp, bright quality of color in Goldin's prints.
In 1996 Goldin mounted an influential retrospective, centred around The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, at the Whitney Museum, New York.