From early amateur snapshots to today’s advanced digital images, photography has been the perfect means to record people’s lives. This provocative book explores the complex and varied ways that five contemporary photographersTina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Nan Goldin, Sally Mann, and Larry Sultanuse their own daily experiences as inspiration for their art.
Each of these artists has created highly personal, shifting, and intriguing visions of his or her life. The works range from Tina Barney’s orchestrated depictions of her friends and family in affluent New England settings to Nan Goldin’s unabashed portrayal of intimate, and often brutally honest, moments. Sally Mann turned to her children and their surroundings as her subject, and Larry Sultan has accomplished something similar in his depictions of his parents. Philip-Lorca diCorcia offers up his “storybook life” in photographs thatlike others in this groupspan nearly twenty years.
So the Story Goes is arranged in portfolio format and features beautiful color reproductions of about twenty photographs by each artist. With an introductory essay that examines the development of personal narrative in photography, as well as insightful entries on each artist, the book analyzes how these works tell a life’s story.
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¿I used to think I couldn¿t lose anyone if I photographed them enough. . . . In fact, they show me how much I¿ve lost.¿ -Nan GoldinRead this to kick my photography in the ass. It worked and I loved every photo, except for Tina Barney's, whose work can't break out of the era of shoulder pads and maxi-dresses.