Nan Goldin – The Other Side

Nan Goldin explores the world of drag queens, starting in Boston in 1970, in this book.  Living with the men at the time the images are not classically composed and could be accused of being ‘snapshots’ but each has a very honest feel to it, and rejoices (for the most part) in the characters and love for the people she is photographing.  The fact that they are shot on film means that the idea of digitally enhancing their bodies would never have occurred when processing so many images (or would have been an exhaustive task in the darkroom!) and I like this reality that bodies are presented just as they are.  Perhaps now she would have had requests to reshape waists and so forth?  Who knows.

If I can capture some of this honesty in my real women project it would go some way towards posting positive images of real bodies.

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