Valérie in the Taxi, Paris, 2001

Book and print set


Signed and numbered by artist
Print size: 40.5 x 61 cm
Book size: 22.5 x 30 cm
Edition of 100

Renowned for tender, honest, revealing, intimate and sometimes brutal pictures of herself and what she calls her extended family, Nan Goldin is so close to her subjects that they hardly remember she is there. Like a visual diary her photographs tell the stories of emotional turmoil, passion and peace. Goldin’s pictures are both courageously candid and affirmative, documenting the births and deaths, the mundane and the ecstasies, the drugs and rehab of her life as a photographer, friend and lover.

‘The Devil’s Playground’ is the first major book to be published on Goldin’s work since 1996 and it is by far her most important to date. This book features a significant body of latest work by Goldin, including photographs from new series such as Still on Earth (1997-2001), 57 Days (2000) and Elements (1995-2003), many of which are previously unpublished. Laid out in diary-like sequences by Goldin herself, the material is both courageously candid and affirmative. The photographs are grouped into themed chapters, between which are interspersed texts, poems and lyrics by prominent writers, including Nick Cave, Catherine Lampert, Cookie Mueller and Richard Price.

‘Valerie in the taxi, Paris’ captures a candid moment between friends, laid-back but with an apparent intensity to Valerie’s conversation that the camera rarely captures. This hardback copy of ‘The Devil’s Playground’ is accompanied by a signed C-print of ‘Valerie in the taxi, Paris, 2001’, displayed together in a clamshell box. A limited edition collectors box set of 100, produced by Phaidon in 2004. Please allow 3 – 4 weeks for this item to be shipped.

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