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

 I am not a voyeur, as voyeurs photograph through closed windows and with me the window is always wide open. 
 Where is the line between life and photographing life? 
 Every time I go through something scary, traumatic, I survive by taking pictures. 
 The camera is as much a part of my everyday life as talking or eating or sex. 
 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. 
 If I want to take a picture, I take it no matter what. 
 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. 
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