Photographer, Nan Goldin was born in Washington D.C. in 1953 and spent her formative years in Boston. She graduated from the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and moved to New York following graduation where she became mesmerized by the new- wave music scene, transsexual subculture and the drug addled denizens of Bowery Street. Goldin has had retrospectives at at The Tate Modern, The Whitney, MoMA, Louvre and the Centre Pompidou. Goldin currently splits her time between New York and Paris.
Rizzoli published Variety: Photographs by Nan Goldin in 2009. The book is a compilation of photos Goldin collected for Bette Gordon’s infamous 1983 film, Variety. James Crump, director of the films, Devil’s Playground and The Ballad of Sexual Dependency and author of many books, edited the book.