THE ARTIST PROJECT: Nan Goldin on Julia Margaret Cameron
"It’s a celebration of love, which for me is the highest thing art can do.” Nan Goldin says she didn’t like Margaret Cameron’s photographs at first. But when she realized Cameron’s photographs were focusing on an increased autonomy in women, she changed her mind. The blurry, black and white portraits allow the female figure to be elegant but also hold enough presence to stare out.
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