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Thirty-five years after the publication of her iconic photobook, “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency”, Nan Goldin reflects on a record of life that nobody could revise.
Thirty-five years after the publication of her iconic photobook, “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency”, Nan Goldin reflects on a record of life that nobody could revise.
"I went from being young to being old, I didn’t experience the transition. In your sixties, it’s a much different awareness of death, of seeing how limited your time is and how quickly it goes..."
·aperture.org·
Thirty-five years after the publication of her iconic photobook, “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency”, Nan Goldin reflects on a record of life that nobody could revise.
Mary Ellen Mark — Tiny, Seattle, 1983
Mary Ellen Mark — Tiny, Seattle, 1983
Mary Ellen Mark's skill was “to be able to pull things from reality, to see what’s strange and real”. Her Seattle story focused on a group of teenagers, some as young as 13, who had run away from home and were surviving selling drugs or by selling themselves for sex. She stayed involved with them in different ways. She tried to adopt one 13-year-old girl, Tiny, a sex worker, to remove her from the place; when that did not succeed, Mark worked with her husband, film-maker Martin Bell, to make a documentary that drew attention to these children’s lives. She stayed in touch with Tiny and the other kids throughout her life.
·up.raindrop.io·
Mary Ellen Mark — Tiny, Seattle, 1983
New Look, Same Great Look | Kim Beil
New Look, Same Great Look | Kim Beil
The history of humans being confounded by colour.
It’s now estimated that perception may be up to 90 percent based on memory; barely 10 percent of what we think we’re seeing is the result of stimuli outside the body in the present moment. In order to process huge amounts of visual information, the brain relies on memories of prior experience. Color is not only a wonder of the natural world but something inside us, as Wittgenstein hinted. Following Goethe, whose 1810 Theory of Colours inspired Wittgenstein’s investigation, “If the eye were not sunny, how could we perceive light?” Our memories of experiences, like photographs, may seem to represent the past, but they also shape how we see the present and the future.
·laphamsquarterly.org·
New Look, Same Great Look | Kim Beil