Les Rencontres d’Arles 2009

14 07 2009


Beyond life’s dark edges … Nan and Brian in the bed, 1983, part of Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency

“One of the reasons I supported and like all the photographers in the show I’ve curated,” writes Nan Goldin, in her catalogue introduction to the 40th Arles photography festival, “is that they seek to express their own truths.”

Those truths tend to be of the hard-hitting variety: the photograph as a record of survival, a testament to – and defiance of – the darkness that often attends lives lived beyond the boundaries of so-called normal society. Goldin’s most celebrated work, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency, is an epic semi-autobiographical narrative of survival, part installation, part ever-evolving stills-based film. It has become a touchstone for those who seek to lay bare their lives with a camera. …. read more by clicking here

From last Sunday’s Observer

– Rory




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