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Exposure: Chance DeVille

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Potent parallels can be drawn between Goldin and the young American photographer Chance DeVille, whose work occupies a similar vulnerability, using the camera as a tool to describe and metabolise personal trauma. As a child, DeVille witnessed their mother Tammy suffer physical and mental abuse at the hands of her ex-husband David, which began a cascade of physical and mental health issues.
“The Ballad of Sexual Depen­dency is the diary I let people read,” Nan Goldin explained in a 1986 interview for Aperture Magazine. “The diary is my form of control over my life.” The ­iconic work, comprising almost 700 images, radically altered our understanding of photography and what it can do. Goldin’s protagonists – including the artist herself – are captured in intimate moments of love, ecstasy, violence, and ­trauma. Unlike so much photo­graphy that maintains distance, these images are up close, honest and grippingly human.
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In this edition of Exposure, where art director Gem Fletcher profiles new and exciting photographic talent, she explores the work of young American photographer Chance DeVille, whose image-making uses the camera as a tool to describe and process personal trauma

All images from David’s Mark (ongoing) by Chance DeVille
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