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. 
 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 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. 
 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. 
 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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