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1985North America • USAJim Goldberg publishes Rich and Poor.
1986North America • USA 
Nan Goldin
Book cover for Nan Goldin "The Ballad of Sexual Dependency" (Aperture, 1986) 
Nan Goldin publishes The Ballad of Sexual Dependency that examines her own life through personal snapshots taken between 1971 and 1985 of her sexual partners, friends and acquaintances as they progress through a personal hell of drugs and sex. The book captures the essence of self-absorption in a surrounding world that doesn't care. 
The Ballad of Sexual Dependency 
Nan Goldin; Marvin Heiferman; & Mark Holborn
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1986North America • USABruce Weber publishes O Rio de Janeiro.
1987North America • USABill Burke publishes I Want To Take Picture.
1987North America • USA 
Robert Mapplethorpe
Andy Warhol 
Andy Warhol dies following a gall bladder operation. He had never fully recovered from a gunshot he received in July 1968 from Valerie Solanis of SCUM (Society for Cutting Up Men). He remains one of the seminal figures of Pop Art and his conversion of the banal into art continues to influence photography. (27 February 1987)
1987North America • USAKarl Baden commences the Every day series in which he takes a stylistically similar self-portrait each day. (23 February 1987)
1988North America • USA 
Joel Sternfeld
Book cover for Joel Sternfeld "American Prospects" Introduction by Andy Grundberg. Afterword by Anne W. Tucker (Houston: the Museum of Fine Arts and Times Books, 1987) 
Joel Sternfeld publishes American Prospects
Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects 
Kerry Brougher; Andy Grundberg; Anne W. Tucker; & Katy Siegel
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1988North America • USAThe Daguerreian Society (3043 West Liberty Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15216-2460, USA - is founded to promote the study of all aspects of Daguerreotypes.
1988North America • USAThe Piss Christ photograph of Andres Serrano encourages Senator Jesse Helms (Republican, North Carolina) to argue against federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts.
1989Europe • SpainJoan Fontcuberta and Pere Formiguera publish Fauna.
1990North America • USAAllen Ginsberg publishes Allen Ginsberg Photographs
Allen Ginsberg Photographs 
Allen Ginsberg; & Robert Frank (Designer)
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1990North America • USAAn exhibition of photographs by Robert Mapplethorpe at the Cincinnati Art Museum is closed down when the work is accused of being obscene. Although the Museum is cleared there is a shift towards censorship in the arts.
1991North America • USALothar Baumgarten publishes Carbon
Carbon/Book With Insert 
Lothar Baumgarten
1992North America • USAKodak releases the Photo-CD, it is the first popular method of storing digital images that is available to the public.
1992North America • USAThe JPEG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) image compression standard for digital images is published in IEEE Transactions on Consumer Electronics. As it is non-proprietary and has a high compression rate it becomes the preferred means for transmitting photographic images over the Internet. (February 1992)
1994Europe • GermanyChristian Boltanski publishes Menschlich.
1994North America • USATime magazine is critised for placing a digitally altered photograph of O.J. Simpson on the front cover.
1994North America • USAJock Sturges publishes nude photographs of children in his book Radiant Identities (Aperture) - the book creates considerable controversy with opinions divided between those arguing for freedom of expression whilst others argue that it is child pornography. 
Radiant Identities 
Jock Sturges
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1995North America • USARichard Prince publishes Adult Comedy Action Drama.
1996North America • USADavid LaChapelle publishes LaChapelle Land
Lachapelle Land: Photographs 
David Lachapelle (Photographer); & Sandy Arrowsmith (Editor)
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