Emmet Gowin and his revelations.
Emmet Gowin was born in 1941, in Danville, Virginia and earned his BFA in Graphic Design from the Richmond Professional Institute and his MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design. While earning his MFA at RISD, he studied with legendary photographer Harry Callahan, who would become one of his mentors. He has received many distinguished awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship, two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts. His work is included in many museum collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, the J. Harry Callahan, the Maison Européene de la Photographie, the Museum of Modern Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the Tokyo Museum of Art. Gowin lives and works in Newton, Pennsylvania.
Gowin has acknowledged that the photographs of Eugene Atget, Bill Brandt, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Alfred Stieglitz, and especially Harry Callahan and Frederick Sommer have influenced him.
Most of his early family pictures were taken with a 4 X 5 camera on a tripod, a situation in which he said “both the sitter and photographer look at each other, and what they both see and feel is part of the picture.” These photos feel both posed and highly intimate at the same time, often capturing seemingly long and direct stares from his wife or her family members or appearing to intrude on a personal family moment. Gowin once said that “the coincidence of the many things that fit together to make a picture is singular. They occur only once. The never occur for you in quite the same way that they occur for someone else, so that in the tiny differences between them you can reemploy a model or strategy that someone else has used and still reproduce an original picture. Those things that do have a distinct life of their own strike me as being things coming to you out of life itself.”
In an essay for the catalog for an exhibition of his work at Yale University, writer Terry Tempest Williams said “Emmet Gowin has captured on film the state of our creation and, conversely, the beauty of our losses. And it is full of revelations.”
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Philip-Lorca diCorcia in the Street;
Enrico Natali and other people;
The Underground New York Public Library;
Genesis, by Sebastiao Salgado;
The Neighbours of Blazej Marczak;
2013: The Interviews and The Photographers
B Shot by a Stranger: Beyond Loneliness;
Urs Lüthi. Self Portraits;
An Interview With The Incredible Photographer Gonzalo Benard for MutantSpace;
Alchemy, by Sarah Moon;
Jorge Molder: The King, The Captain, The Soldier and the Thief;
Katharine Cooper’s White Africans;
Martin, his sister and her camera;
The Roma Project, by Kieran Kesner.
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