Rehabilitation and Preservation
In the late 1980's, Goldin’s drug addiction led to a rehabilitation clinic. Some of Goldin’s friends in the late 1980's and early 1990's had been diagnosed with AIDS, and for Nan Goldin, photography was a continued method of preserving the memory of those she had loved. Goldin states about this period;
“The people are gone, like Cookie, who is very important to me, but there is still a series of pictures showing how complex she was. Because these pictures are not about statistics, about showing people die, but it is all about individual lives. In the case of New York, most creative and freest souls in the city died. New York is not New York anymore. I've lost it and I miss it. They were dying because of AIDS." (Foto Tapeta, 2003)
Goldin went to Europe and continued to work, taking photographs, making slideshows and exhibitions. She also made two documentary films; “I’ll be Your Mirror," made by the BBC about her life, and “Ballad of the Morgue," which is about a couple - one who has HIV and one who does not.