Nan Goldin
[Photographer, b. 1953, Washington, D.C., lives in New York and Paris.]

 ...anybody can take a picture. Now, you don’t even have to be a person, you can be a telephone. There were always too many pictures in the world and today there are billions of pictures. 
 When you set up pictures you’re not at any risk. Reality involves chance and risk and diving for pearls. 
 There is a popular notion that the photographer is by nature a voyeur, the last one to be invited to the party. But I’m not crashing; this is my party. This is my family, my friends. 
 I don’t even like photography at all. I’m just doing photography until I can do something better. 
 For me it is not a detachment to take a picture. It’s a way of touching somebody—it’s a caress.... I think that you can actually give people access to their own soul. 
 [The snapshot is] the form of photography that is most defined by love. People take them out of love, and they take them to remember—people, places, and times. They’re about creating a history by recording a history. 
 Every time I go through something scary, traumatic, I survive by taking pictures. 
 I used to think I couldn’t lose anyone if I photographed them enough. 
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