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

 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. 
 All important pictures embody something that we do not yet understand. 
 If you set out to make pictures about love, it can’t be done. But you can make pictures, and you can be in love. In that way, people sense the authenticity of what you do. 
 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. 
 I am pessimistic about a picture’s power to be the emissary of just one thing. What I hope is that the picture says, “Here I am, this is what I am like,” and the person seeing the picture says in return, “You know a lot but you don’t know half of what I know.” 
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