Great Shot: Goldin

© Nan Goldin

Nan Goldin's photographs have an underlying theme of love, gender, domesticity, and sexuality and are usually presented in the form of a slideshow; her most famous being a 45 minute show in which 800 photographs are displayed. The photograph above titled 'Nan and Brian in Bed' is one example of how she is able to capture some of the most vulnerable moments in relationships and have people view it as a type of private journal made public. The lighting and composition of this photo conveys life's realities of some relationships. The light pouring through the window creates a dividing line between Brian and Nan. He looks off into the distance, while Nan lays curled up in bed staring at him as if she is holding on to a dyeing relationship. "A lot of people seem to think that art or photogaphy is about the way things look, or the surface of things. That's not what it's about for me. It's really about relationships and feelings" (Nan Goldin).

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