NEW YORK LIVING ROOMS by Dominique Nabokov
The Elephants Eye/Overlook Press, 1998, First edition, 114 pp., 8 1/2" X 9 1/2", Hardcover
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New York Living Rooms is the first instalment in Dominique Nabokov’s holy trinity of interior photography works. Originally commissioned as a photo essay for the New Yorker in 1995, it offers a frank and intimate study of the interior living spaces of some of the city’s most fabled cultural figures, including Susan Sontag, Norman Mailer, Louise Bourgeois, Francesco Clemente, Allen Ginsberg, and Joan Didion.
With nothing added and nothing altered, Nabokov calls these images her interior ‘portraits’. Some spaces are indulgent and ostentatious, others shelter the bare necessities, but Nabokov simply records them all for her fellow voyeurs and leaves us to decipher the rest.