VOGUE Hommes International (English) - - GUEST LIST -

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!).

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