Changing the Earth.
Photographs by Emmet Gowin. Text by Jock Reynolds, Philip Brookman, and Terry Tempest Williams.
Yale University Press, New Haven, 2002. 128 pp., 108 quadtone illustrations, 10½x12½".
Occasionally, in the presence of great work, one is moved to the core in a way that is difficult to describe-joy and quietude, mixed with an almost prayer-like awareness. Gowin's images contain such power. His attentiveness to the land is of such a unique quality as to be otherworldly. The land responds to his aerial gaze, offering it's erosion marks, bomb scars, and horizon line as a lover would her body. Stunning tritone reproductions fill this monograph which surveys his aerial photographs from the mid-80s through the late-90s.
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