The American photographer is in the capital to celebrate the release of her new collection of photographs, Eden and After, which will be published by Phaidon on Monday 24 March.
Goldin will be signing copies of the book on Tuesday 25 March at Koenig bookshop on Charing Cross Road at 4.30pm, and at the Tate Modern on Wednesday 26 March (also at 4.30pm).
“It has been some time since Nan was in London with us (2003 for the launch of The Devil’s Playground), so it is quite a rare opportunity,” says a spokesperson from Phaidon.[bjp_ad_slot]
Eden and After features some 300 photographs of children taken over thirty six years – from 1977 to 2013.
According to a Phaidon press statement, the book is divided into thirteen themed chapters and “traces the mysterious path of childhood from pregnancy and birth through to early adolescence and adulthood.”
The children who feature in the book are Goldin’s godchildren, children she has known all their lives and others she has met on her travels. This is the first time Goldin has made them the major subject of her work.
“Goldin ventures deep into the world of childhood and gives each child she photographs a voice within their own reality,” reads the press statement. “The book shows enormous respect for these children and has chapters that explore gender identity and emotional states ranging from melancholia to moments of uninhibited joy and the complex relationships within families.”
In addition, the book features a number of texts and poems by writers that include: Frank O’Hara, Margaret Atwood, and Philip Larkin. Guido Costa, an art dealer and Goldin’s close friend, also contributes an essay.
Eden and After by Nan Goldin is published by Phaidon and priced £75