EDEN AND AFTER, NAN GOLDIN

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Isabella Cecconi

What would you expect from Nan Goldin? I would say something insane! In her constant evolving images, the brand new collection of photographs of children, is an astonishing happy-loving project, quite mesmerizing to my eyes. Being one of the world’s most influential contemporary photographers with a loyal love for intimate/provocative works, Eden and After demonstrates that flash lights can give space to real lights, that drug addicts can be switched with beautiful kids. Some photographs depict children alone, others show them in familial and social groups. From pregnancy and newborns through to teenagers, some subjects have been documented by Nan through their entire lives. The book may  look sweet from the outside, but underneath the playful photos of children runs a deeply tale about the joy and power of childhood and the inevitable end to the freedom that comes with it. Goldin seeks out the secrets children seem to hold, hoping to reveal something about children that is both deeply hidden and transparently evident.