The Beautiful Smile.
Photographs by Nan Goldin. Edited by Gerhard Steidl and Jack Ritchey and Walter Keller.
Steidl, Gottingen, Germany, 2018. 160 pp., 150 color and black-and-white illustrations, 9¾x10½".

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The Beautiful Smile, unavailable since its original publication on the occasion of Nan Goldin’s (born 1953) Hasselblad Award of 2007, is finally back in print. The Hasselblad Award is considered the most important international photography prize in the world today; since 1980, award winners have included some of the greatest names the medium has known.

2007 winner Nan Goldin is easily one of the most significant photographers of our time. Adopting the direct aesthetics of snapshot photography, she has documented her own life and that of her friends and others on the margins of society for more than 30 years, offering frank depictions of drug abuse, cross-dressing and alternative sexualities. Her intimate photographs depict urban lives in New York and Europe in the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s, a period massively determined by HIV and AIDS. Her practice of photography as memoir, as a means of protection against loss and as an act of preservation, as well as her use of the slide show, resonates in the work of photographers of recent generations.

This classic volume, which the photographer has called her favorite of all of her books, is a moving homage to the work of one of the most eminent artists of our time.


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