Nan Goldin quotes

  • 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

    #Thinking #Facts #Enough

  • 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

    #Photography #Art #Emotional

  • My work has been about making a record of my life that no one can revise. I photograph myself in times of trouble or change in order to find the ground to stand on in the change. I was coming out of a melancholic phase. This was taken when I was traveling extensively, on the road from hotel to hotel. You get displaced, and then taking self-portraits becomes a way of hanging on to yourself.
    -- Nan Goldin

    #Taken #Self #Order

  • 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

    #Real #Age #Records

  • 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

    #Thinking #Giving #People

  • I always thought if I photographed anyone or anything enough, I would never lose the person, I would never lose the memory, I would never lose the place. But the pictures show me how much I've lost.
    -- Nan Goldin

    #Memories #Enough #Lost

  • My work is mostly about memory. It is very important to me that everybody that I have been close to in my life I make photographs of them.
    -- Nan Goldin

    #Memories #Important #Photograph

  • I just get inspired to take a picture by the beauty and vulnerability of my friends.
    -- Nan Goldin

    #Inspired #Vulnerability

  • The complete disregard for the camera's presence indicates its complete saturation in their lives. The subject neither notices nor seems to care that someone has been invited into their private moment.
    -- Nan Goldin

    #Cameras #Care #Moments

  • I think the wrong things are kept private
    -- Nan Goldin

    #Thinking

  • I never read theory. I think that was to my benefit.
    -- Nan Goldin

    #Thinking #Benefits #Theory

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