Goldin Influences on Goldin are varied from Caravaggio to the expressionist Mark Rothko. The photographer remembers that in Henry Hornsteins photography lessons she was introduced to the work of Larry Clark Diane Arbus Weegee and August Sander. xiii I think there is a certain connection with Diane Arbus . We both have unusual manifestations of empathy xiv but manifested differently. She was a photography genius and I was not. My genius if I have it is in the slideshows xv in the narratives. It is not creating perfect images. It is the grouping of work. Its the relationships I have with other people.
These Goldin projections are themselves e-commerce photo editing a form of performance. They really are like a movie. In a sense the Ballad is the book of a film. The slideshow is the original work and in a slideshow . You can really affect the observer emotionally. I am the happiest when I am in a dark place where images are projected… xvii Nan Goldin Nan Goldin The creation of these projections is the crucial moment in which art and documentation merge. While the photographs are a way of recording Goldins life intimacy relationships and ideological positions the way they are organized and projected is a multimedia concept that is constantly changing very typical of postmodern art forms.
The effect of Nans work is cumulative she constantly edits and reedits the photographs in his vast archive. Individually many of her images are impressive but together they connect in narratives stories that change over time. xviii In Nan Goldin we have on the one hand the documenter of a particular landscape in hotel rooms houses or kitchens a recorder of her intimate friendships and on the other a Duchampian manifestation of conceptual art where the artistic fact does not necessarily imply a materialization.