Mariposas Nocturnas. Edith in Panama. Photographs by Emmet Gowin. Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, 2006. 61 pp. Large quarto. SIGNED on dedication page. Stiff photo-illustrated wrappers. Various color and black-and-white reproductions and illustrations printed from separations by Robert Hennessey.
"[Mariposas Nocturnas. Edith in Panama] is an exploration of the tropical rainforest and pictures of his wife, Edith - advances his longstanding interest in making images of his family as well as the natural world. Inspired in part by the literature of nineteenth century naturalists such as J. Henri Fabre and Alfred Russel Wallace and an innate sense of adventure, Gowin traveled to Central and South America to discover and record the beauty and biodiversity of its tropical ecosystems. His subjects include a night sky thick with insects, collections of forest leaves and brilliantly colored bugs, a moth's line of flight and the delicate stroke of its wings, and portraits of Edith taken on their travels. Gowin's sense of inquisitiveness and wonderment is palpable; his pictures are both deeply personal ventures into scientific documentation and intimately felt celebrations of place."--the publisher