Emmet Gowin*

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Emmet Gowin was born in 1941 Danville, Virginia, a place that inspired his first photographs. He attended the Virginia Commonwealth University for his BFA and then continued on to Rhode Island school of design for his MFA. While attending RISD, Gowin met the photographer Henry Callahan, who became one of his long time mentors. Gowin began his career by photographing his wife and family, and continued to do so until the eruption of Mt. St Helens in 1980. As Gowin was not able to photograph this natural disaster from the ground, he received permission to fly over it and from that moment, he became fascinated with aerial photographs. He once stated that he likes the view of “what the Gods see.”

Gowin has photographed within the United States and abroad in the Czech Republic, the Middle East, Japan, Mexico, and Ireland. His work has been displayed throughout the United States and abroad, including venues such as the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Espace Photographique de Paris. In 2002, the Art Gallery at Yale University put together a traveling exhibition that was seen in eight different places. Gowin has also received many distinguished awards for his photography, most notably, the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship and the National Endowment for the Art Fellowships. Gowin’s work is available in several books, including Emmet Gowin: Photographs (1976), Emmet Gowin Photographs (1966-1983), and the very famous Changing the Earth: Aerial Photographs (2002).