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

 All important pictures embody something that we do not yet understand. 
 I feel that whatever picture an artist makes it is in part a picture of himself—a matter of identity. 
 This is the gift of the landscape photograph, that the heart finds a place to stand. 
 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. 
 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. 
 I was going round the world searching for an interesting place, when I realized that the place that I was in was already interesting. 
 The challenge of photography is to show the thing photographed so that our feelings are awakened and hidden aspects are revealed. 
 I think our fascination for what is terrible is great. Our need for beauty is great... And oddly, instead of wanting to run away from what is granted a terrible thing to know, I wanted to know more and to hold it as an image. 
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