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NAN GOLDIN
[b. 1953] an American photographer
I used to think that I could never lose anyone if I photographed them enough. In fact, my pictures show me how much I've lost. - Nan Goldin - From the book: "Couples and Loneliness" http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070429180035AAkKJhB

My work was all about homage, because I thought they were the most beautiful people I've ever met. - Nan Goldin - From the book: "Couples and Loneliness" http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070429180035AAkKJhB

My pictures were always misunderstood as having a sexual theme. - Nan Goldin

I knew from a very early age, that what I saw on tv had nothing to do with real life. So I wanted to make a record of real life. That included having a camera with me at all times. - Nan Goldin

A lot of people seem to think that art or photography is about the way things look, or the surface of things. That's not what it's about for me. It's really about relationships and feelings...it's really hard for me to do commercial work because people kind of want me to do a Nan Goldin. They don't understand that it's not about a style or a look or a setup. It's about emotional obsession and empathy. - Nan Goldin - http://coincidences.typepad.com/still_images_and_moving_o/2004/07/nan_goldin_a_pe.html

I used to think I couldn't lose anyone if I photographed them enough. I used photography to stave off loss. But with the recent deaths of many of my friends I realized the limits of what can be preserved. - Nan Goldin

There are too many photographers. Try to get involved with something that really matters. And unless you need art to survive, the don’t do it. - Nan Goldin

l do not take the pictures I have in my head; I experience things, and they become pictures. - Nan Goldin - From the book: "50 Contemporary Photographers You Should Know" by Florian Heine, Brad Finger

There is a misunderstanding that my work is about marginalized people. But we were never marginalized, because we were the world. We didn't care what straight people thought of us. - Nan Goldin - 50 Contemporary Photographers You Should Know by Florian Heine, Brad Finger

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. - Nan Goldin - Photography Masterclass: Creative Techniques of 100 Great Photographers [Paul Lowe] foreword by Simon Norfolk

If I want to take a picture, I take it no matter what. - Nan Goldin

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. - Nan Goldin

...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. - Nan Goldin

People in the pictures say my camera is as much a part of being with me as any other aspect of knowing me. It’s as if my hand were a camera. - Nan Goldin

My desire is to preserve the sense of people’s lives, to endow them with the strength and beauty I see in them. I want the people in my pictures to stare back. - Nan Goldin

The instance of photographing, instead of creating a distance, is a moment of clarity and emotional connection for me. - Nan Goldin

Where is the line between life and photographing life? - Nan Goldin

Every time I go through something scary, traumatic, I survive by taking pictures. - Nan Goldin

The camera is as much a part of my everyday life as talking or eating or sex. - Nan Goldin

When you set up pictures you’re not at any risk. Reality involves chance and risk and diving for pearls. - Nan Goldin

I am not a voyeur, as voyeurs photograph through closed windows and with me the window is always wide open. - Nan Goldin

I don’t even like photography at all. I’m just doing photography until I can do something better. - Nan Goldin

[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. - Nan Goldin

If you took a million pictures you were lucky to come out with one or two gems. - Nan Goldin

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