Emmet Gowin: Photographs. Text by Martha Chahroudi. Philadelphia Museum of Art/ Bulfinch Press, Boston, 1990. 127 pp. Squarish quarto. SIGNED on preliminary page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Numerous halftone illustrations.
Fine in Near Fine+ dust jacket; 3/4" tear with some adjacent creasing lower edge of rear panel.
Changing the Earth. Photographs by Emmet Gowin. Text by Jock Reynolds, Philip Brookman, and Terry Tempest Williams. Yale University Press, 2002. 128 pp. Large quarto. First edition. SIGNED by Gowin on dedication page and dated, 30.I.04 and by essayist Terry Tempest Williams on title page; includes letter from a fan requesting signature on his book, subsequently inscribed by Gowin. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. 108 quadtone reproductions.
"Emmet Gowin has been taking aerial photographs of the landscape in the United States, Mexico, Czechoslovakia, Asia, and the Middle East for over twenty years. In his most compelling photographs, one witnesses how man's footprint has visually scarred and continually altered the earth's surface. This extraordinary book, published in conjunction with the first major touring exhibition of Cowin's photographs in over ten years, focuses on images created after 1986. That was the year Gowin began to extend his aerial photography explorations in America"--the publisher READ MORE
Emmet Gowin. Photographs. 102 pp. Steidl/Pace Macgill Gallery, New York, 2009. 102 pp. Quarto. Second edition. SIGNED on title page. Clothbound in photo-illustrated dust jacket. Tritone reproductions.
"'...in 1964, I entered into a family freshly different from my own. I admired their simplicity and generosity, and thought of the pictures I made as agreements. I wanted to pay attention to the body and personality that had agreed out of love to reveal itself.'"
"Following his marriage to Edith Morris in 1964, Emmet Gowin began taking memorable portraits of his wife and extended family in Virginia. Emmet Gowin Photographs presents a collection of 68 of these images, accompanied by a short personal text by the photographer. Inspired by the work of Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Harry Callahan and Frederick Sommer, Gowin approaches his subjects with a reverence for the relationship between photographer and sitter. Although his photographs often resemble home snapshots, he aspires to take pictures that succeed as more than just family records, in some cases allowing the camera lens to dictate the circular shape of the image.
"Emmet Gowin Photographs was first published in 1976 by Alfred A. Knopf, New York. For the production of the 2009 edition the photographs were scanned at Steidl’s digital darkroom from vintage prints. Without changing the size of the images, the book format was slightly increased.