Nov 1, 2007

Nancy, Danville, Virginia

Nancy, Danville, Virginia


Emmet Gowin

(American, 1941-)

Gelatin silver print

Image: 20.2 x 30.5 cm (7 15/16 x 12 in.); Paper: 27.7 x 35.4 cm (10 7/8 x 13 15/16 in.); Matted: 40.6 x 50.8 cm (16 x 20 in.)

Gift of Museum members in 1989 1989.436



Often focusing on his wife, children, and extended family, Emmet Gowin’s photographs explore themes regarding intimacy, relationships, the cycle of life, and the mundane. However, this image of his wife’s niece illustrates that Gowin’s photographs are not merely family snapshots. The toddler’s measured approach toward the relatively enormous goat seems to be filled with trepidation, as she carefully weighs her curiosity against the larger animal’s possible menace. Gowin’s candid image turns the sweet, yet uneasy dialogue between his two subjects into a revealing work of art.

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