Scalo / Whitney Museum of American Art, 1996 | First German Edition 1998
Hardcover with dust jacket, 491 pages, 205 x 275 mm. Text in German
Nan Goldin's photography is instinctive, unconcerned with the beauty of form, which pushes beyond appearances towards the deep intensity of real situations, without any mediation. In a fusion of artistic evolution and her own painful yet fascinating life story, Nan Goldin created a genre unto itself. So often imitated in both advertising and art photography, her images are a model that remains intact today. Her visual language and “social portraiture” approach not only rejects the conventional limits of the medium of photography, it creates something unique: a mirror of herself, as well as the world.
Published to accompany the 1996 mid-career exhibition at the Whitney Museum, I'll Be Your Mirror remains the most comprehensive and critically praised publication on the work of the photographer. Covering two decades of her life and art, Goldin's most memorable work is collected here. This is not a scholarly analysis of Goldin's work but rather an emotionally charged look at her life and times. In addition to the more than 300 images, the book collects diverse writings by her friends and collaborators such as David Armstrong, Cookie Mueller and David Wojnarowicz.