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

 [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. 
 I am not a voyeur, as voyeurs photograph through closed windows and with me the window is always wide open. 
 I used to think I couldn’t lose anyone if I photographed them enough. 
 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. 
 Every time I go through something scary, traumatic, I survive by taking pictures. 
 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. 
 I don’t even like photography at all. I’m just doing photography until I can do something better. 
 If I want to take a picture, I take it no matter what. 
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