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Emmet Gowin at the Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson


The Fondation Cartier-Bresson is holding an exhibition devoted to the American photographer Emmet Gowin. This retrospective features 130 prints by one of the most original and influential photographers of the last 40 years. Occupying two floors, the exhibition retraces Gowin’s career from his most famous series of the late 1960s to his moths and aerial photographs. The intimate photographs of his wife and family are displayed alongside pictures of landscapes.

Born in Danville, Virginia, in 1941, Emmet Gowin grew up on Chincoteague Island in a highly religious environment. His father was a Methodist minister who instilled discipline in his son, while his mother, a musician, taught him to be patient and gentle. In his free time, marveling at the surrounding nature, Gowin took to drawing.

His first portfolios, shot beginning in 1965, are technically simple photographs of various subjects, all inspired by daily life: children playing outside, adults in the street and in parks, automobiles and the first photographs of Edith, his wife since 1964.

Read the full article on the French version of L’Oeil de la Photographie.


Emmet Gowin
From May 14th to July 27th, 2014
Fondation HCB
2 impasse Lebouis
75014 Paris

Emmet Gowin 

Xavier Barral Editions
Texts : Emmet Gowin, Carlos Gollonet, Keith F. Davis, Carlos Garcia Martín

240 x 300 mm

258 pages

181 photographs

ISBN : 978-2-36511-032-7

Prix : 48 € TTC

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