The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Photographs and text by Nan Goldin. Edited with Marvin Heiferman, Mark Holborn, and Suzanne Fletcher. Aperture, New York, 1986. 140 pp. First edition. Incribed and dated (9-15-95) on title page, "For ____/With pleasure/X Nan Goldin". Oblong quarto. Hardbound in library protected dust jacket. 130 color illustrations.
Nan Goldin's Ballad is an unforgettable document of early 80s bohemian life in New York's East Village. J. Hoberman of The Village Voice called it "a sexual taxonomy for the '80s." Writing in The Book of 101 Books, Vince Aletti declares The Ballad of Sexual Dependency to be "perhaps the most influential contemporary photo book since Diane Arbus' 1972 monograph....The work's intimacey, immediacy, and candor helped push photography into more intensely emotional territory."
A gorgeous inscribed copy of this hugely important book; we'd call both jacket and book Very Fine save for some rubbing to lower board edges.