The Devil's Playground.
Photographs by Nan Goldin. Text by Guido Costa, Enrique Juncosa, Catherine Lampert, Christine Macel, and Giorgio Verzotti.
Phaidon, London, 2003. 448 pp., 460 color illustrations, 11¾x8¾".
Nan Goldin's work is characterized by a painful intimacy in the form of a detailed photographic record of the lives of her and her friends. She has said of her work, this "is the diary I let people read." Born in Washington DC, she grew up in Boston and began taking photographs when she was 15. She has lived in New York, Bangkok, Tokyo, and Paris, and her impetuous chronicling has been lauded by many as one of the most compelling portraits of modern life. The Devil's Playground is the first major book to be published on her work since the award-winning I'll Be Your Mirror (Cat# PK375H, $55) in 1996 and is arguably the most significant book to-date. The Devil's Playground features a good deal of new work, including photographs from the series Still on Earth (1997-2001), 57 Days (2000) and Elements (1995-2003). Most of this work has not been published before. The material is laid out in themed sequences by Goldin herself-stunning in their realism, and gut-wrenching in their immediacy.
About the Ltd Edition
The limited edition is a beautifully produced box set that comes with your choice of three prints. Each one is a Cibachrome print limited to 100 copies and 5 artists proofs.
1) Jens' Hand on Clemens' Back, Paris, 2001
2) Guido Floating, Levanzo, Sicily, 1999
3) Valerie in the Taxi, Paris, 2001
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