Film director Xavier Dolan does his job partly to meet the artists he likes. For Vogue Hommes, Dolan hoped his photo would be taken by a photographer he often cites: Nan Goldin. Among the many books he and his first cameraman consulted in defining the style of Mommy, The Ballad of Sexual Dependency topped the list. His wish was our command, and the photo shoot was arranged in New York. In a recent interview, Nan Goldin said how hard it was to come to terms with the hegemony of digital images: “We live in a world saturated with images, even more so since the ridiculous Instagram came about. Computers have dehumanised everything, people no longer know how to form ties with others.” Asked about her recent discoveries, she cites Pascal Maître and Mikhael Subotzky. “Antoine d’Agata, who was my student, surpassed me a long time ago.” Goldin also provides the link between the chutzpah of the young film director from Quebec (!p. 224!) and the night–time violence portrayed by the French photographer, who is
also a guest of honour in this issue (!p. 256!).