Nan Goldin


Nan Goldin (1953) never separates herself from the people she makes visible in her photographs. Since Ballad of Sexual Dependency (1983), her first slide show, her photos have influenced our ways of seeing as much as they have our ways of making images. AIDS struck at the heart of her group of lovers and friends, who she photographed up until and after their deaths, like Cookie Mueller, or in their final moments, like Gilles Dusein. In 2017, she founded the support group P.A.I.N. (Prescription Addiction Intervention Now), fighting for risk reduction and targeting the pharmaceutical companies that have left half a million Americans addicted or dead from drug overdoses. The film that Laura Poitras made on Nan Goldin, All the Beauty and the Bloodshed, was awarded the 2022 Golden Lion at the Mostra de Venise.