Emmet Gowin
[Photographer, b. 1941, Danville, Virginia, lives in Princeton, New Jersey.]

 All important pictures embody something that we do not yet understand. 
 This is the gift of the landscape photograph, that the heart finds a place to stand. 
 I feel that whatever picture an artist makes it is in part a picture of himself—a matter of identity. 
 I was going round the world searching for an interesting place, when I realized that the place that I was in was already interesting. 
 Photography is a tool for dealing with things everybody knows about but isn’t attending to. My photographs are intended to represent something you don’t see. 
 The picture is like a prayer, an offering, and hopefully an opening through which to seek what we don’t know, or already know and should take seriously. 
 The challenge of photography is to show the thing photographed so that our feelings are awakened and hidden aspects are revealed. 
 Photography is such an important instrument in the education of our feelings and perception because of its duality. Photography represents the world we know, and suggests a world beyond what we can see. Creativity is the gap between perception and knowledge. 
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