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

 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. 
 The camera is as much a part of my everyday life as talking or eating or sex. 
 Where is the line between life and photographing life? 
 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. 
 If I want to take a picture, I take it no matter what. 
 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. 
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