Sunday, July 21, 2024

Biden announces he is not running for re-election


El presidente de Estados Unidos, Joe Biden.

President Joe Biden in the Oval Office.ERIN SCHAFF

Biden announces he is not running for re-election

The U.S. president gives up his bid to renew in the White House after weeks of pressures

Iker Seisdedos


It took 17 agonizing days since the disastrous debate that pitted him against Donald Trump for Joe Biden to surrender to the evidence: the president of the United States announced this Sunday that, at 81 years of age, he is giving up the effort to run for re-election next November.

Emmet Gowin / The Most Intimate Photograph


Nancy, Danville (Virginie), 1969 

The Most Intimate Photograph

By Chris Wiley
January 10, 2017

One of the most beautiful photographs I know of is an image of a woman standing in the doorway of a barn, backlit in a sheer nightgown, peeing on the floorboards beneath her. It was taken in Danville, Virginia, in 1971, by the photographer Emmet Gowin, and the woman in question is his wife, Edith. The picture is so piercingly intimate that I find it difficult even to look at it. This is not because I feel as if I am intruding, or being shown something that I was not meant to see, but simply because it seems to hover too close to the vital force of human connection. It is too poignant, too alive. Rather than merely avoiding clichés—about love and intimacy, artist and muse, public and private­—the picture seems to repel them, as an amulet repels evil spirits. Clichés are prophylactics against the complexity and intensity of direct experience, tools used to distance ourselves from reality, but this photograph brings love near enough that we can feel its hot breath.

Behind the Scenes of Emmet Gowin at the Morgan Library and Museum


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Emmet Gowin, Edith, 2004 (Rain Droplets in a Web). Gold- toned salt print on gelatin coated paper. Collection of Emmet and Edith Gowin. © Emmet and Edith Gowin, courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery.

Behind the Scenes of Emmet Gowin at the Morgan Library and Museum

Joel Smith as told to Alexandra Pechman

29 May 2015

Throughout his prolific career as a photographer, Emmet Gowin has threaded together seemingly disparate subjects: his wife, Edith, and their extended family; American and European landscapes; and aerial views of environmental devastation. In 2013, Aperture copublished a long-awaited survey publication, Emmet Gowin, in conjunction with a related exhibition organized by Fundación Mapfre, Madrid. On May 22, the Morgan Library and Museum opened Hidden Likeness, a show of Gowin’s photographs from throughout his career paired with selections he made from the museum’s vast holdings of ancient Near Eastern seals, medieval books, music manuscripts, and prints and drawings, as well as photographs. Online editor Alexandra Pechman spoke with Joel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator and Department Head, Photography, during a tour of the exhibition during its installation in early May. In June, Aperture Foundation Members at the Patron level will have a private tour of the exhibition led by Smith. What follows are a few selections from Smith’s commentary on how the Gowin show came together. 

Emmet Gowin’s Stunning Celebration of the Lowly Moth


Rhipha flammans. August, 2008, La Fortuna, Chiriquí Province, Panama.

Emmet Gowin’s Stunning Celebration of the Lowly Moth


The moth doesn’t enjoy the same charmed reputation as its lepidopteran cousin, the butterfly. With a handful of exceptions—the Japanese movie monster Mothra, a moody late work by van Gogh—moths are dismissed as pests, waging war on our sweaters when they’re not dive-bombing the lights. The insects even got a bad rap from Jesus: in the Sermon on the Mount, Heaven was praised for being moth-free. But with his kaleidoscopic project “Mariposas Nocturnas,” the American photographer Emmet Gowin does for the moths of Central and South America what the influential German duo Bernd and Hilla Becher once did for the water towers of Western Europe, transforming an apparently lowly subject into riveting art.

Saturday, July 20, 2024

Emmet Gowin / Loving the Problem


Edith, 1963
Photo by Emmet Gowin

Emmet Gowin:
Loving the Problem

The telephone rang in a Pennsylvania home last month and was answered by Edith Gowin, known to many as the subject of her husband’s most striking photographs.

“Emmet is deep down in the basement, but I’ll run and get him for you,” she said. On the other end of the line, the caller paused, genuinely unsure if she was speaking plainly or in metaphor, as Emmet Gowin is famous for the lyricism and poetry of his imagery and writing.

Emmet Gowin / Foundation Henri Cartier-Bresson

Edith, Chincoteague Island (Virginia), 1967 ©Emmet Gowin, Courtesy Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

MAY 14 - JULY 27, 2014

For me, pictures provide a means of holding, intensely, a moment of communication between one human and another.

From May 14th to July 27th 2014, Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson will hold an exhibition of the American photographer Emmet Gowin. This important retrospective is showing 130 prints of one of the most original and influential photographer of these last forty years. This exhibition shows on two floors his entire career: his most famous series from the end of the sixties, the moths’ flights and the aerial photographs. The exhibition organized by Fundación MAPFRE in collaboration with Fondation HCB is accompanied by a catalogue published by Xavier Barral edition.

Emmet Gowin shares stories through photography


Photo by Emmet Gowin

Artist Emmet Gowin shares stories through photography

By KOURTNEY KAWANO (for The Dartmouth)

Few people have heard of — yet alone seen — water treatment pollution caused by paper mills. Even fewer have seen such damage from the sky and called it art. Yet for world-renowned photographer and current Montgomery Fellow Emmet Gowin, a certain fascination and peculiar sense of beauty comes in the circular blossoms of tropical hues that explode from the seemingly serene water.

Edith / Nine Portraits by Emmet Gowin


Edith, Danville, Virginia

Nine Portraits by Emmet Gowin

This portrait (Edith, Danville, Virginia, 1978) is one from a series Gowin made of his wife and their family over more than three decades. In the tradition of Alfred Stieglitz’s famed photographs of Georgia O’Keeffe and Harry Callahan’s photographs of Eleanor Callahan, Gowin has created a collective portrait of his wife Edith, revealed in different moments, situations, and ages, that transcends any single depiction of her likeness. Here Edith’s parted legs add an erotic charge to the portrait, while her downward gaze and unabashed pose convey a confidence in her role as muse and an intimate trust in the photographer-subject relationship.

Edith, Ruth and Mae, Danville, Virginia

What's in a Page: Dan Brown writes at 4 in the morning, and more secrets of his trade


What's in a Page: Dan Brown writes at 4 in the morning, and more secrets of his trade

Seija Rankin
7 October 2020

Dan Brown is making a bit of a change. The author, who has become world-famous for novels like The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons (and their Tom Hanks-starring big-screen adaptations), is trying his hand at children's literature. Wild Symphony is a picture book that includes a musical accompaniment — Brown worked with a composer to pair classical music with the tome — but that doesn't mean he's pivoting to kid's books forever. Brown is currently at work on another Robert Langdon saga. To celebrate Wild Symphony (and take a break from all things Langdon), he participated in EW's author questionnaire to let us all in on his process.


ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What is the first thing — ever — that you remember writing?

DAN BROWN: When I was 5 years old, I dictated a story to my mother, who transcribed it for me. We did a print run of one copy and bound it in cardboard. I titled the book The Giraffe, The Pig, and the Pants on Fire. (A thriller, obviously.)

What is the last book that made you cry?

The Art of Racing in the Rain, by Garth Stein.

Which book is at the top of your current to-read list?

The Holographic Universe, by Michael Talbot.

Where do you write?

Every morning at 4 a.m., I go to the far end of my house to a small writing room that has no phone, no internet, and no distractions.

Which book made you a forever reader?

A Wrinkle in Time, by Madeleine L'Engle.

What is a snack you couldn't write without?

Is coffee a snack?

If you could change one thing about any of your books, what would it be?

In Angels & Demons, I wish Langdon had thought twice before jumping out of a helicopter with only a strip of fabric to slow his fall.

What is your favorite part of Wild Symphony?

The secret codes hidden on every page — as a kid, I would have loved them.

What was your biggest challenge in creating Wild Symphony?

Combining poetry, classical music, and morality tales in a coherent way.

Write a movie poster tagline for your book:

Life is a symphony — GO WILD!

Digital Fortress by Dan Brown / Digest read

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown / Digest read

Inferno by Dan Brown / Digested read

Dan Brown's new novel 'Inferno' coming this spring

Pop Culture of My Life / Da Vinci Code author Dan Brown was haunted by Jaws

Origin by Dan Brown / Digested read

What's in a Page: Dan Brown writes at 4 in the morning, and more secrets of his trade


Friday, July 19, 2024

Susan Meiselas / Carnival Strippers

Susan Meiselas Shortie. Presque Isle, Maine, USA.

Carnival Strippers

Susan Meiselas’s seminal work presents a nuanced view on the dynamics of America’s traveling ‘girl shows’ in the early 1970s

Susan Meiselas

Susan Meiselas Shortie on the Bally. Barton, Vermont, USA. 1974. © Susan Meiselas | Magnum Photos

From 1972 to 1975,Susan Meiselas spent her summers photographing and interviewing women who performed striptease for small town carnivals in New England, Pennsylvania, and South Carolina. As she followed carnivals from town to town, she portrayed the dancers on stage and off, photographing their public performances as well as their private lives. She also taped interviews with the dancers, their boyfriends, the show managers, and paying customers.

Bruce Davidson / Zabriskie Point

Bruce Davidson Italian film director Michelangelo Antonioni during the making of "Zabriskie Point." California. USA. 1968. © Bruce Davidson | Magnum Photos

Magnum on Set: Zabriskie Point

Bruce Davidson photographed the making of Michelangelo Antonioni’s surreal investigation into 1960s American counterculture, shot in the Californian desert

Magnum photographers have, over more than seven decades, captured pivotal moments in popular culture as much as historic events and societal sea changes. Working behind the scenes on sets of many classic films, they have captured not only iconic stars at various stages of their careers, but also documented the changing nature of cinema and film production. Sets, equipment, and special effects that once seemed futuristic are, with the passing of time rendered disarmingly romantic.

Cindy Sherman / ‘Little girls play dress-up – but I was always trying to be a monster instead of a fairy’

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman: ‘Little girls play dress-up – but I was always trying to be a monster instead of a fairy’

By casting herself in imaginary movies and fashion shoots, the artist changed the way we see women. But did she also invent the thirst trap selfie? As her early work is shown in Athens, she talks image, AI and Instagram

Nadie Khomami

8 July 2024

I posted a mirror selfie to Instagram last night, I tell Cindy Sherman. There were so many things to consider. Were the lighting and angle flattering? Did I capture my good side?

She laughs. “I do find it fascinating,” she says, “this whole tradition of taking a selfie in a mirror. You can see how a person’s posed, the way they’re holding the camera. There can be different outfits every day, but you’re always in your elevator. In a way it becomes a conceptual photography project. It’s funny.”

Cindy Sherman’s Grotesque Digital Creations

“Untitled #654,” 2023. Photograph by Cindy Sherman 

Cindy Sherman’s Grotesque Digital Creations

In a new series of collages made by hand and with Photoshop, Sherman is as unrecognizable as she’s ever been, but the figures she depicts can’t be easily disentangled from herself.

By Chris Wiley
February 20, 2024

Cindy Sherman, the grande dame of the Pictures Generation, has a new show up at Hauser & Wirth’s recently opened space in SoHo—a collection of wacky, digitally collaged character studies, which continue her multipronged expedition into the outer realms of persona building, artifice, and the fun-house world of media images. The gallery bills it as a neighborhood homecoming of sorts, describing in a press release how Sherman mounted the New York début of her epochal series “Untitled Film Stills” in SoHo, at the nonprofit gallery Artists Space, some forty-odd years ago. The pedant in me is compelled to note that Artists Space was in Tribeca at the time of the 1978 exhibition, having moved from Wooster Street down to Hudson Street the year before, but I grant that it was within spitting distance of SoHo if you were a very good spitter.

Kurt Cobain’s spirit lives on in Seattle, 30 years after his death

Thunderpussy vocalist Molly Sides, pictured at Easy Street Records in May 2024.JOSEPH FOX

Kurt Cobain’s spirit lives on in Seattle, 30 years after his death 

In the 1990s, an isolated city in the Pacific Northwest created a global musical movement, ‘grunge.’ EL PAÍS visited Seattle 30 years after the death of Kurt Cobain, the artist who personified this genre. He marked a generation and defined a diverse scene that is still vibrant today

Ana Fernández Abad
14 de julio de 2024

In Seattle, it was difficult to make money and build a musical career. That’s why people who made music weren’t motivated by a commercial spirit, but by a creative one. After all, if nobody’s buying your work, why not say whatever you like?