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. 
 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. 
 ...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. 
 I don’t even like photography at all. I’m just doing photography until I can do something better. 
 When you set up pictures you’re not at any risk. Reality involves chance and risk and diving for pearls. 
 [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. 
 Where is the line between life and photographing life? 
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