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Oral history interview with Emmet Gowin, 2010 May 13-14

Interviewee:
Gowin, Emmet, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Goodyear, Frank H., 1967-  Search this
Type:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Topic:
Educators -- New Jersey -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Record number:
(DSI-AAA_CollID)15913
(DSI-AAA_SIRISBib)296894
AAA_collcode_gowin10
Data Source:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:AAADCD_oh_296894

Oral history interview with Emmet Gowin

Interviewee:
Gowin, Emmet, 1941-  Search this
Interviewer:
Goodyear, Frank H., III, 1967-  Search this
Extent:
7 Items (Sound recording, master: 7 memory cards (6 hr., 3 min.), secure digital, 1.25 in.)
81 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 May 13-14
Scope and Contents:
Interview of Emmet Gowin, conducted by Frank Goodyear for the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution at the Gowins' home in Danville, Virginia, on May 13-14, 2010.
Gowin speaks of his upbringing and how he decided to become a Quaker; his relationship with his sister, who had Down Syndrome; growing up in Chincoteague, VA and other Virginia towns; going to business school in Richmond; meeting his wife Edith; transitioning from Richmond Professional Institute to work with Harry Callahan at the Rhode Island School of Design; learning different techniques of printing pictures; studying with Frederick Sommer; the making and reception of his early family photographs of Edith, the Boohers, and his children; other photographic projects including the Mount St. Helens eruption, photographs in the Middle East, Europe, and South America, nuclear test sites in the western U.S., and his collection of moths; teaching at Princeton University; his attitude toward Postmodernism; how the Light Gallery began; and his artistic influences, including Callahan, Sommer, Robert Frank, Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans, Eugéne Atget, Hercules Seghers, William Blake, and others. Gowin also recalls Peter Bunnell, Grant Gentry, Fazal Sheikh, Peter McGill, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Elaine Pagels, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Interviewee Emmet Gowin (1941- ) is an educator and photographer in Newtown, Pa. Gowin photographed Edith and Rennie Booher and extended family. Interviewer Frank H. Goodyear (1967- ) was at the time of the interview the associate curator of photographs with the National Portrait Gallery, in Washington, D.C.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
For information on how to access this interview contact Reference Services.
Topic:
Educators -- New Jersey -- Interviews  Search this
Photographers -- Pennsylvania -- Interviews  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.gowin10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-gowin10

Oral history interview with Robert Adams

Interviewee:
Adams, Robert, 1937-  Search this
Interviewer:
Jurovics, Toby, 1965-  Search this
Names:
Denver Art Museum  Search this
John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Fellows in Photography  Search this
MacArthur Fellows Program  Search this
Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)  Search this
Adams, Ansel, 1902-1984  Search this
Baltz, Lewis, 1945-2014  Search this
Castelli, Leo  Search this
Gowin, Emmet, 1941-  Search this
Hoffman, Michael  Search this
Newhall, Beaumont, 1908-1993  Search this
O'Sullivan, Timothy H., 1840-1882  Search this
Szarkowski, John  Search this
Wood, Myron  Search this
Extent:
43 Pages (Transcript)
Type:
Collection descriptions
Archival materials
Pages
Sound recordings
Interviews
Date:
2010 July 20
Scope and Contents:
An interview of Robert Adams conducted 2010 July 20, by Toby Jurovics, for the Archives of American Art, at Adams' home, in Astoria, Oregon.
Robert Adams speaks of compensating his early struggles with polio with activity outdoors; his close relationship with his father through outdoor expeditions; visiting the Denver Art Museum as a teenager; years of study and experimentation with photography on his own and under the direction of Myron Wood; the financial struggle of transitioning from an English professor to a full-time photographer; the outcome of his work under the Guggenheim and MacArthur Foundation Fellowships; his first sale of photographs to the Museum of Modern Art; the role of spirituality and morality in art; environmental and societal concerns such as deforestation, climate change, and overpopulation that inform much of his work; the foreboding change in landscape he has observed in the American West since the 1970s; his concern that future generations of landscape photographers may not share the same connection with the land as he has experienced; the need to change society's domineering view of the wilderness; the working relationship he shares with his wife, Kerstin; the process of publishing his photographs and the importance of quality materials and printing in these publications; the sequence of the books he has published as a reflection of his life experiences. Adams also recalls Michael Hoffman, John Szarkowski, Myron Wood, Lewis Baltz, Leo Castelli, Beaumont Newhall, Emmet Gowin, Ansel Adams, Timothy O'Sullivan, and others.
Biographical / Historical:
Robert Adams (1937- ) is a photographer in Astoria, Oregon. Toby Jurovics (1965- ) is curator of photography at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C.
General:
Originally recorded on 3 memory cards. Reformatted in 2010 as 5 digital wav files. Duration is 2 hr., 57 min.
Provenance:
This interview is part of the Archives of American Art Oral History Program, started in 1958 to document the history of the visual arts in the United States, primarily through interviews with artists, historians, dealers, critics and administrators.
Restrictions:
Audio: ACCESS RESTRICTED; use requires written permission. Contact Archives Reference Services for information.
Use of the audio of this interview, with permission, requires an appointment and is limited to the Archives of American Art reading rooms.
Topic:
Global environmental change  Search this
Landscape photography  Search this
Photographers -- Oregon -- Interviews  Search this
Photography -- Study and teaching  Search this
Poliomyelitis -- Patients -- Rehabilitation  Search this
Genre/Form:
Sound recordings
Interviews
Identifier:
AAA.adams10
Archival Repository:
Archives of American Art
EDAN-URL:
ead_collection:sova-aaa-adams10

A shared elegy / photographs by Elijah Gowin, Emmet Gowin, Osamu James Nakagawa, Takayuki Ogawa ; introduction by Nanette Esseck Brewer ; with essays by Joel Smith, Yoshiko Suzuki

Photographer:
Gowin, Elijah 1967-  Search this
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Nakagawa, Osamu James 1962-  Search this
Ogawa, Takayuki 1936-2008  Search this
Writer of introduction:
Brewer, Nanette Esseck  Search this
Host institution:
Grunwald Gallery of Art  Search this
Physical description:
112 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Exhibition catalogs
Date:
2017
Topic:
Photography of families  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1098926

Mariposas nocturnas : moths of Central and South America : a study in beauty and diversity / Emmet Gowin ; foreword by Terry Tempest Williams

Title:
Moths of Central and South America
Photographer:
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Writer of foreword:
Williams, Terry Tempest  Search this
Physical description:
143 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 37 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Place:
Central America
South America
Panama
Date:
2017
Topic:
Photography of insects  Search this
Insects in art  Search this
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Moths  Search this
Rain forests  Search this
Evolution (Biology)  Search this
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1091889

A fourfold vision / Ralph Eugene Meatyard

Author:
Meatyard, Ralph Eugene 1925-1972  Search this
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Nazraeli Press  Search this
Fraenkel Gallery  Search this
Subject:
Meatyard, Ralph Eugene 1925-1972  Search this
Physical description:
[7] p., [35] p. of plates, [3] p. ; 31 cm
Type:
Books
Date:
2005
C2005
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR654 .M3782 2005
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_770797

Mariposas nocturnas : Edith in Panama / Emmet Gowin

Title:
Edith in Panama
Author:
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Pace/MacGill  Search this
Subject:
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Gowin, Edith Portraits  Search this
Physical description:
61 p. : chiefly ill. ; 32 cm
Type:
Pictorial works
Exhibitions
Place:
Panama
Date:
2005
C2006
Topic:
Moths  Search this
Insects in art  Search this
Photography of insects  Search this
Rain forests  Search this
Evolution (Biology)  Search this
Call number:
TR647 .G69 2006
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_797004

Emmet Gowin : changing the earth : aerial photographs / Jock Reynolds : with an essay and interview by Terry Tempest Williams and Philip Brookman

Title:
Changing the earth
Author:
Reynolds, Jock  Search this
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Williams, Terry Tempest  Search this
Brookman, Philip  Search this
Yale University Art Gallery  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Subject:
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
161 p. : ill. ; 33 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
2002
C2002
Topic:
Aerial photography  Search this
Call number:
TR647.G69 R49 2002
TR647.G72 R49 2002
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_681756

Emmet Gowin--photographs

Author:
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Philadelphia Museum of Art  Search this
Subject:
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
127 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 28 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1990
C1990
Call number:
TR647.G72 P54 1990
TR647.G72P54 1990
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_405021

Emmet Gowin : photographs, 1966-1983 / Peter C. Bunnell

Author:
Bunnell, Peter C  Search this
Corcoran Gallery of Art  Search this
Princeton University Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
[38] p. : ill. ; 21 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
1983
C1983
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647.G72 B9
TR647.G72B9
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_195347

Private realities: recent American photography [by] Emmet Gowin [and others]

Author:
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston  Search this
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
[96] p. 40 illus. 31 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1974
[1974]
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR646.U6 B672 1974X
TR646.U6B672 1974X
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_42484

Emmet Gowin / essays by Carlos Gollonet and Keith F. Davis ; chronology by Carlos Martín García ; coordinator, Leticia Martínez Alcocer

Photographer:
Gowin, Emmet 1941- Works Selections  Search this
Author:
Davis, Keith F. 1952-  Search this
Gollonet, Carlos  Search this
García, Carlos Martín  Search this
Editor of compilation:
Martínez-Alcocer, Leticia  Search this
Host institution:
Fundación Mapfre  Search this
Sala Rekalde (Bilbao, Spain)  Search this
Subject:
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Gowin, Emmet 1941- Criticism and interpretation  Search this
Physical description:
255 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Type:
Books
Exhibitions
Date:
2013
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Call number:
TR647 .G69 2013
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_1020310

Emmet Gowin : aerial photographs

Title:
Aerial photographs
Author:
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Princeton University Art Museum  Search this
Subject:
Gowin, Emmet 1941-  Search this
Physical description:
36 p. : ill ; 24 cm
Type:
Exhibitions
Date:
1998
C1998
Topic:
Photography, Artistic  Search this
Aerial photography  Search this
Call number:
TR647 .G69 1998
Data Source:
Smithsonian Libraries
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:siris_sil_932246

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