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Jimmy Paulette on David's Bike

  • Object:


  • Place of origin:

    New York (City) (photographed)

  • Date:

    1991 (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Goldin, Nan, born 1953 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Dye destruction (ilfachrome) print

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased 1997

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Photography Centre, Room 101, The Sir Elton John and David Furnish Gallery, case WEST WALL

Goldin photographed Jimmy Paulette and his community of gay men and cross-dressers from the 1970s. By panning with the motion of the bicycle, Goldin creates a blurred background that accentuates the image's filmic quality. The photograph is part of a series that records the history of a group on the margins of society, and ultimately, Goldin's own story of friendship and love.

Physical description

Photograph of a man and a drag queen riding on a bicycle. The latter looks over his shoulder at the viewer.

Place of Origin

New York (City) (photographed)


1991 (photographed)


Goldin, Nan, born 1953 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Dye destruction (ilfachrome) print

Marks and inscriptions

Signed, dated and inscribed in black ink on the back, and numbered 20/25


Height: 70.2 cm, Width: 101.7 cm

Descriptive line

Photograph by Nan Goldin, 'Jimmy Paulette on David's Bike, NYC', dye destruction print, 1991

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Victoria and Albert Museum Department of Prints, Drawings and Paintings Accession Register for 1997
pp. 194-196, pl. 84
Haworth-Booth, Mark. Photography: An Independent Art. London, 1997.

Labels and date

Photography Centre, 2018-20:

Nan Goldin (born 1953)
Jimmy Paulette on David's Bike, NYC

Goldin uses photography as an autobiographical tool to capture the daily lives of her friends within the subcultures of New York. During the 1980s, her intimate and perceptive work helped to cement her reputation as one of the world’s most influential female photographers. Goldin is fascinated by drag queens, saying ‘I wanted to pay homage, to show them how beautiful they were’.

Dye destruction print
Museum no. E.804-1997 []
Goldin uses photography as an autobiographical tool to capture images of her friends and their daily lives within the subcultures of New York. The Ballad of Sexual Dependency is comprised of hundreds of images that Goldin has edited and sequenced to produce a slide show of the photographs. This extraordinarily intimate and perceptive body of work, made between 1980-1986, helped to cement Goldin's reputation as one of the most influential female photographers in the late 1980s and 1990s. []


Photographic paper; Material


Dye destruction; Technique

Subjects depicted

Drag; Gender identity; Drag queen; Bicycle


Photographs; Gender and Sexuality; LGBTQ


Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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