Emmet Gowin (b. 1941, Danville, Va.) received a BFA in Graphic Design from the Richmond Professional Institute (now Virginia Commonwealth University) in 1965 and an MFA in Photography from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1967.

While at RISD, Gowin studied with photographer Harry Callahan who became one of his mentors and greatest influences. Following his marriage to Edith Morris in 1964, Gowin began making memorable portraits of her as well as of his family members. In addition to his work in portraiture, Gowin has explored landscape and aerial photography since the 1980s, documenting sites in the Czech Republic, Mexico, the Middle East, Japan, and the United States. A recent series addresses the global impact of pivot irrigation, natural resource mining, and military occupation and weapons testing on the environment.

Born 1941, Danville, VA
Lives and works in Newtown, PA

Education

1967
M.F.A., Photography, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

1965
B.A., Graphic Design, Richmond Professional Institute (Virginia Commonwealth University), Richmond, VA

Select Solo Exhibitions

2013
Emmet Gowin: Landscapes Andalucía, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
Emmet Gowin, Fundación Mapfre, Madrid, Spain; traveling to the United States and The Netherlands
Emmet Gowin, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA

2011
Emmet Gowin, The List Gallery, Swarthmore College, PA

2010
Beauty is Nothing, Marc Selwyn Fine Arts, CA

2009
Emmet Gowin: Photographs, Pace/MacGill, New York, NY
Emmet Gowin: A Collective Portrait, Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ

2006
Emmet Gowin: Mariposas / Nocturnas / Edith in Panama, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY

2004
Emmet Gowin Photographs: 1967-2000, Art Museum, College of Art, Nihon University, Tokyo, Japan
Emmet Gowin: Photographs, University of Virginia Art Museums, The Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA

2003
Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ; traveled to Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, UT

2002
Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT; traveled to Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, MT; James A. Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso, TX; Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums, Cambridge, MA; Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA; James A Michener Art Museum, Doylestown, PA

2001
Emmet Gowin: Photographs, Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA

1998
Photographs, Pace/Wildenstein/MacGill, New York, NY Aerial Photographs, The Art Museum, Princeton University,Princeton, NJ

1996
Photographs from the Pew Fellowship: Jerusalem, Kansas and the Nevada Test Site, Pace/Wildenstein/MacGill, New York, NY

1994
Late 20th Century Landscape Photographs, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY

1993
Photographs: 1965-1974 and Photographs: 1986-1992, Photo Gallery International, Tokyo, Japan

1994
Emmet Gowin/Photographs, Espace Photographie Marie de Paris, Paris, France
Photographs: Landscape In The Nuclear Age, organized by the American Center of the American Embassy and the City of Fukuoka; traveled to Osaka, Kyoto, Saporo, Yokohama and Tokyo, Japan
Journey, Jan Kesner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

1990
Emmet Gowin/Photographs: This Vegetable Earth Is But A Shadow, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA; traveled to the Detroit Museum of Art, Detroit, MI; Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN; Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA; The Friends of Photography, San Francisco, CA; The Los Angeles County Museum of Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL; The Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH

1989
Aerial Landscapes, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY

1986
Petra and Mount St Helen’s, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY

1985
Emmet Gowin, Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA

1983
Emmet Gowin, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1982
Emmet Gowin, LIGHT Gallery, New York, NY

1979
Emmet Gowin, LIGHT Gallery, New York, NY

1976
Emmet Gowin, LIGHT Gallery, New York, NY

1974
Emmet Gowin, LIGHT Gallery, New York, NY

1973
Emmet Gowin, The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1972
Emmet Gowin, LIGHT Gallery, New York, NY

1971
Emmet Gowin & Robert Adams, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
Emmet Gowin, The George Eastman House, Rochester New York, NY

1969
Emmet Gowin, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL

1968
Emmet Gowin, The Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH

Select Group Exhibitions

2014
Multi Panel, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY

2013
American Vesuvius: The Aftermath of Mount St. Helens, with Frank Gohlke, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Light Sensitive, Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, NC

2012
Emmet Gowin and His Contemporaries, Dayton Art Institute, Dayton, OH
Gaze, The Changing Face of Portrait Photography, Istanbul Modern, Istanbul, Turkey
Looking Back At Earth, Hood Museum of Art, Hanover, NH
Shared Vision: The Sondra Gilman and Celso Gonzalez-Falla
Collection of Photography, Aperture Gallery, New York, NY
Manifest Destiny, Northlight Gallery, School of Art Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Tempe, AZ

2011
American Landscape: Contemporary Photographs of the West, Joslyn Art Museum, Omaha, NE
Masters of American Photography, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
The Fleeting Glimpse: Selections in Modern and Contemporary Photography from the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA
Southern Views/Southern Photographers, University of Virginia
Art Museums, Fralin Museum of Art, Charlottesville, VA
Cinq Étranges Albums De Famille, le Bal, Paris, France
Nine Visions: Photography with Southern Vision, Danville Museum of Fine Arts & History, Danville, VA

2010
Common Ground: Eight Philadelphia Photographers in the 1960s and 1970s, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
Beyond Sublime, Joy Pratt Markham Gallery, Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR
Selections from a Collection, Gitterman Gallery, New York, NY
Autour de l’extreme, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
Where in the World?, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY

2009
A Look at Contemporary Art, Artsonje Museum, Gyeongju Bomun
Out of the Box: Photography Portfolios from the Permanent
Collection, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA
Hide & Seek: Picturing Childhood, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City, MO
The Private Collection of Fern M. Schad, Rick Wester Fine Art, New York, NY
Remember? Photographs before Digitization, Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University, Hamilton, NY
Emmet and Elijah Gowin, Griffin Museum of Photography, Winchester, MA
Emmet & Elijah Gowin, Page Bond Gallery, Richmond, VA

2008
Imaging A Shattering Earth: Contemporary Photography And The
Environmental Debate, Canadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, Canada
Remembering Dakota, North Dakota Museum of Art, Grand Forks, ND; traveled to Chazen Museum of Art, Madison, WI
Presumed Innocence: Photographic Perspectives of Children, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln, MA

2007
Hot + Bothered: Looking at the Landscape/Thinking about the World, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY
To Fly, Contemporary Aerial Photography, Boston University Art Gallery, BUAG, Boston, MA

2006
Multiple Exposures: Highlights from CSULB Special Collections, University Art Museum (UAM), Long Beach, CA
25th Anniversary Summer Celebration, Etherton Gallery, Tucson, AZ
Love Letter Invitational, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
Imaging A Shattering Earth, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MoCCA), Toronto, Canada

2005
Epilogue, Jackson Fine Art, Atlanta, GA
Overhead/Underfoot: The Topographical Perspective in Photography, Whitney Museum of Art, New York, NY
Made In The Shade, Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York, NY

2004
In the Center of Things: A Tribute to Harold Jones, Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
The Altered Landscape, Presentation House Gallery (PHG), North Vancouver, Canada

2003
30 Years: Three Decades of New Art at Second Street Gallery, Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA
Flesh Tones, 100 Years of the Nude, Robert Mann Gallery, New York, NY

2002
Looking at Children, Photographs from the Permanent Collection, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

2001
The Model Wife, Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; traveled to The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Human Intervention, Contemporary Landscape Photography, The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

2000
The Model Wife, Museum of Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA

2001
Watchful Eyes, Catherine Edelman Gallery, Chicago, IL

1999
Camera Obscura, Recontres Internationales de la Photographie, Arles, France Fotografie in una collezione private, Museo Cantonale d´Arte Lugano, Lugano, Switzerland Transmutations, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME

1997
Unmapping the Earth ’97, Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju, Korea

1996
Photography Masterworks of the Select Foundation – The 70s, CACT Centro d´Arte Contemporanea Ticino (CACT), Bellinzona, Switzerland

1995
A Child’s World, Candace Dwan Gallery, Katonah, Katonah, NY (closed, 2008)
Highlights of the Alfred Stieglitz Center Collection of Photographs, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA

1981
The New Color: A Decade of Color Photography, International Center of Photography, New York, NY
The 1981 Seattle Arts Commission: Portfolio of Photography, Henry Art Gallery, Seattle, WA
Mirrors and Windows, Fundación Juan March, Madrid, Spain

1971
Photographs: Robert Adams and Emmitt Gowin, The Museum of Modern Art, New York,NY
Photographs of Women, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Selected Lectures

2013
Emmet Gowin: A Life in Photography, Aperture Gallery and Bookstore, New York, NY
American Vesuvius: Emmet Gowin: A Life in Photography, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

2012
10th Anniversary Lecture Series: Emmet Gowin, Photo Alliance, San Francisco, CA
2005
Maryland Institute, College of Art, Baltimore, MD (October 3rd) Northeastern University, Boston, MA (October 17th)

Selected Publications
2013
Gowin, Emmet, Keith F. Davis, et al. Emmet Gowin. Madrid, Spain: Fundación Mapfre; New York, NY: Aperture, 2013.

2009
Gowin, Emmet. Emmet Gowin: A Collective Portrait. Princeton, PA: Princeton University Art Museum, 2009.
Gowin, Emmet. Emmet Gowin: Photographs. Göttingen, Germany: Steidl, 2009.

2008
Gowin, Emmet and Elijah Gowin. Maggie. Kansas City, MO: TinRoof Press, 2008.

2006
Gowin, Emmet. Mariposas Nocturnas: Edith in Panama. New York,NY: Pace/MacGill Gallery, 2006.

2005
Baillargeon, Claude, et al. Imaging a Shattering Earth: Contemporary Photography and the Environmental Debate. Rochester, MI: Meadow Brook Art Gallery, College of Arts and Sciences, Oakland University, 2005.
Gowin, Emmet, et al. Time: Collotype Printing for Fine Art Photography (limited edition of two collotype prints by eight photographers). Kyoto, Japan: Benrido, Inc., 2005.

2002
Reynolds, Jock, Emmet Gowin, et al. Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2002.

1998
Gowin, Emmet. Emmet Gowin: Aerial Photographs. Princeton, NJ: The Art Museum, Princeton, 1998.

1990
Emmet Gowin Photographs: This Vegetable Earth Is But A Shadow. Philadelphia, PA: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1990.

1986
Gowin, Emmet. Petra in the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. New York, NY: Pace/MacGill Gallery, 1986.

1976
Gowin, Emmet. Emmet Gowin/Photographs. New York, NY: Knopf, 1976.

Select Collections

Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
The Art Museum, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME
Center for Creative Photography, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ
Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
Dadum Museum of Contemporary Art, Sedalia, MO
The High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA
The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, Israel
J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA
The Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, CA
Maier Museum of Art, Randolph-Macon College, Lynchburg, VA
Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, France
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA
Museum for Photographic Arts, San Diego, CA
Museum of Contemporary Art, Columbia College, Chicago, IL
The Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY
National Gallery of Canada, Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, Canada
Nevada Museum of Art, Reno, NV
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, PA
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA
University of Virginia Art Museums, The Fralin Museum of Art
Charlottesville, VA
Virginia Museum, Richmond, VA
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, CT
CIBA GIGY Corporation, New York, NY
Hallmark Cards, Inc., Kansas City, MO
Microsoft Art Collection, Redmond, WA

Teaching Experience

1973 – 2009
Professor of Photography, Princeton University, Visual Arts Program, Princeton, NJ

Awards and Fellowships

2006
Princeton Behrman Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Humanities

1997
President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University

1993
Pew Fellowship in the Arts

1992
Friends of Photography Peer Award

1983
Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the State of Pennsylvania Awards in the Visual Arts 2, Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art

1980
Seattle Arts Commission; one of five photographers to participate in a photographic survey of the State of Washington, leading to a study of Mount Saint Helens

1979
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1977
National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship

1974
John Simon Guggenheim Foundation

For nearly four decades, Gowin’s work has been included in exhibitions in the U.S. and abroad. His solo shows include those at the Museum of Modern Art, New York (1971) and the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. (1983). Gowin’s first midcareer retrospective was organized by the Philadelphia Museum of Art and later traveled to seven venues (1990-93); his first European retrospective appeared at the Espace Photographie Marie de Paris (1992). The Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., presented a traveling exhibition that included eight total venues across the country (2002-04).

Throughout his career Gowin has received numerous awards, including a Guggenheim Fellowship (1974), two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships (1977, 1979), the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the State of Pennsylvania (1983), the Friends of Photography Peer Award (1992), and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts (1993). In 1973 Gowin began teaching at Princeton University and was honored with the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1997. He is currently a professor of photography in the university’s art department.

Gowin’s work can be found in museum collections in the U.S. and abroad, including the Art Institute of Chicago; the Cleveland Museum of Art; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Philadelphia Museum of Art; the Tokyo Museum of Art; and the Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Monographs published on Gowin’s work include Emmet Gowin/Photographs (1976); Emmet Gowin: Photographs, 1966-1983 (1983); Emmet Gowin/Photographs: This Vegetable Earth Is But A Shadow (1990); Emmet Gowin: Aerial Photographs (1998); Emmet Gowin: Changing the Earth (2002); and Mariposas Nocturnas – Edith in Panama (2006).

Gowin lives and works in Newtown, Pa.