Cornerhouse Publications, 1993 First edition Hardcover with dust jacket, 142 pages, 228 x 275 mm Condition: Very Good
Ever since the early 1970's Nan Goldin has lived with and among drag queens, documenting both their glamour and their struggles. Her seminal second book The Other Side is her very personal declaration of love and gratitude to these queens, who showed her a way out of the captivity of pre-packaged, socially prescribed identity.
The black-and-white portraits this book not only marked Goldin’s first forays into photography, they helped to shape and became the inspiration for an artistic career that has spanned nearly fifty years. In the early eighties, Goldin chronicled the lives of transgender friends in New York when AIDS began to decimate her community. In the nineties, she recorded the explosion of drag as a social phenomenon in New York, Berlin, Bangkok and the Philippines, photographing their public personas while showing their real lives backstage.
“From my first night at The Other Side – the drag queen bar in Boston in the 70s – I came to life. I fell in love with one of the queens and within a few months moved in with Ivy and another friend. I was eighteen and felt like I was a queen too. Completely devoted to my friends, they became my whole world. Part of my worship of them involved photographing them. I wanted to pay homage, to show them how beautiful they were.”
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