Couples and Loneliness, as a theme, represents the essential core of Nan Goldin's photographic work. The images gathered in this book are drawn from throughout Goldin's career and emphasize her continual confrontation with obsession and love. She is very much a part of the world that she photographed and therefore she has unlimited access to her subjects. There is no sense of exploitation even though these people, who are on the margins of society, are often caught off guard in private moments. Her work, raw and snapshot aesthetic, has a cumulative effect that suggests the line between love and loneliness is often blurred, and reveals the social drama of alienation and the strange beauty that is at the heart of her vision.