French Chris on the Convertible, NYC, 1979

Since the 1970s, Nan Goldin has taken intensely personal, spontaneous, and transgressive photographs of her family, friends, and lovers. In 1979 she presented her first slideshow in a New York City nightclub, and her richly coloured, snap-shot-like photographs were soon heralded as a ground-breaking contribution to fine art photography.  In this early work, the artist has captured her friend lying across the back of a blue convertible with shirt open, eyes closed, and an empty can of Schaeffer beer by his side - a contemporary vision of glamorous surrender for our own time.