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The title of this photography collection is taken from a Boston club that Goldin first visited in 1972 and also refers to the subjects in her photos. Goldin ( The Ballad of Sexual Dependency , Aperture, 1986) writes in the introduction that "the third sex," the transsexuals and transvestites depicted here, "are the real winners of the battle of the sexes because they have stepped out of the ring." Yet when discussing the Whitney Biennial, which includes photos from this book, when she appeared... read more --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Nan Goldin's seminal second book The Other Side is finally back in print. Ever since the early 1970's Goldin has lived with and among drag queens, documenting both their glamour and their struggles. The Other Side is her very personal declaration of love and gratitude to these drag queens, who showed her a way out of the captivity of pre-packaged, socially prescribed identity. As she put it: "The pictures in this book are not of people suffering gender dysphoria but rather expressing gender euphoria.... The people in these pictures are truly revolutionary; they are the real winners in the battle of the sexes because they have stepped out of the ring." In contrast to much of the early 90's drag queen mania, The Other Side has brilliantly passed the test of time: Goldin's photographs are as beautiful, moving, and vibrant as ever, heralding the utopian promises of a world where gender has stopped being a prison-a vision that remains as vital and acute as it was when the book was first published.