Aperture 239: Ballads



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Published in 1986, Nan Goldin’s Ballad of Sexual Dependency, with its fresh, unflinching portrayal of the photographer’s circle of friends, dramatically changed the course of photography. Decades on, the series retains its searing power, influencing new generations of artists. Goldin herself remains a bold, singular force in our culture. Recently, she has taken on the Sackler family, shining a light on their role in creating America’s opioid crisis. Goldin’s trenchant activism is a reminder of the artist’s power to effect social change. The Ongoing Ballad issue of Aperture magazine is organized around the themes contained within the original ballad-intimacy, friendship, community, love, sex, trauma, music-while also honoring the urgent role of the artist as a force for cultural and social change.

Additional information

Weight 852 g
Dimensions 23.6 x 30.4 cm
Publisher name Aperture Foundation
Publication date 19 August 2020
Number of pages
Format Paperback / softback
Contributors Edited by Michael Famighetti
Dimensions 23.6 x 30.4 cm
Weight 852 g


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