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Emmet Gowin, Photographer of Lyrical Realism

Yaël Ksander talks with Emmet Gowin about his half-century in photography.

  • Emmet Gowin with white hair, wearing dark blue shirt under brown suit jacket

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    Photo: Adam Schwartz/WFIU

    Emmet Gowin

  • Family members with Edith in front

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    Photo: Emmit Gowin

    Family members with Edith in front

  • Barry, Dwayne and Turkeys, Danville, Virginia (1970)

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    Photo: Emmet Gowin

    Barry, Dwayne and Turkeys, Danville, Virginia (1970)

  • Edith and Elijah, Danville, Virginia (1968)

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    Photo: Emmit Gowin

    Edith and Elijah, Danville, Virginia (1968)

  • Nancy, Danville, Virginia, 1969

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    Photo: Emmet Gowin

    Nancy, Danville, Virginia (1969)

American photographer Emmet Gowin gained attention in the 1960s for the intimate black-and-white photographs of his wife Edith and her family taken with a 4×5 view camera.

Gowin is also known for his aerial photographs of ravaged landscapes, and, more recently, for capturing the beauty of more than one thousand species of nocturnal moths in Central and South America.

His work has been shown at the Dayton Art Institute, the George Eastman House, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Gowen studied at the Rhode Island School of Design under Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind.

He has received a Guggenheim and other fellowships, and he taught at Princeton University for 36 years.

Gowin was in Bloomington for the opening of “A Shared Elegy,” an exhibition of his work at The Grunwald Gallery. The exhibition, co-presented by the I.U. Eskenazi Museum of Art, continues at the Grunwald Gallery through November 16th.

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