The Other Side

The Other Side

by Nan Goldin

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The title of this photography collection is taken from a Boston club that Goldin first visited in 1972 and also refers to the subjects in her photos. Goldin ( The Ballad of Sexual Dependency , Aperture, 1986) writes in the introduction that ``the third sex,'' the transsexuals and transvestites depicted here, ``are the real winners of the battle of the sexes because they have stepped out of the ring.'' Yet when discussing the Whitney Biennial, which includes photos from this book, when she appeared on a recent segment of PBS's Charlie Rose Show , Goldin explained that her photography is foremost an attempt to represent her own life. Indeed, in spite of the lush and subtle color and careful proportion of these images, they maintain a feel of family snapshots. This apparent paradox in her intentions--still visible in the finished product--is the very value of her work: the ability to show difference not as exotic or separate or exclusionary but as everyday and real and integrated. Though one wishes for a longer introduction or notes (excluded to maintain the photo album effect, perhaps), this is recommended for all contemporary photography collections in public and academic libraries.-- Eric Bryant, ``Library Journal''

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