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Aperture 239: Ballads

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The Ballads issue of Aperture magazine is organised around the themes contained within the original ballad – intimacy, friendship, community, love, sex, trauma, music – while also honouring the urgent role of the artist as a force for cultural and social change.

Few works have impacted the world of photography like Nan Goldin’s The Ballad of Sexual Dependency. Published by Aperture in 1986, The Ballad retains an uncommon power with its unflinching portrayal of friends, lovers, and relationships—a dramatic opera of joy and despair. Decades on, influencing new generations of artists. Goldin herself remains a bold, singular force in our culture. Aperture magazine returns to an iconic work with ‘Ballads’, a special issue featuring an exclusive interview with Goldin as well as a section curated by the artist dedicated to her influences.


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