When her sister committed suicide, Nan Goldin decided she would never want to loose the memory of anyone, anymore and promptly became obsessed with photography. An art student in Boston, she met David Armstrong who would become her first muse and guide her within the underground world of New York as he turned into a drag queen. In 1979, she presented her first slideshow in a nightclub and her deeply colored, personal, spontaneous and sexual snap-shot-like photographs of her family, friends and lovers were soon observed as a subversive alternative to fine arts photography. « The Ballad of Sexual Dependency » is the name she gives to her ever-evolving work compromised of more than 800 photographs with such themes as nightlife, drugs, violence, sexuality but also death. Not a mere depiction of subversiveness, Nan Goldin’s photographs capture life and the authentic, crude humanity of her subjects - herself after having been beaten by her boyfriend or her entourage dying from AIDS in the 1980s - with the help of strong sensual lights, blurred images and unusual framings - ‘Nothing is calculated’. The witness of a society consumed by drugs and AIDS, Nan Goldin is a survivor as well as her visual journal that despite its dark atmosphere, is a universal tribute to human nature.