Emmet Gowin in Residence as Montgomery Fellow


The American photographer Emmet Gowin is in residence at Dartmouth as a Montgomery Fellow October 5-18.

Photographer Emmet Gowin will meet with beginning and advanced photography students during his residency. (Photo by Edith Gowin)

Gowin’s work is in permanent collections of museums around the world, including both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York; the Tokyo Museum of Art; and the Masion Européenne de la Photographie in Paris. He is the recipient of Guggenheim, National Endowment of the Arts, and Pew fellowships.

Intimacy, says Christianne Wohlforth, director of the Montgomery Fellows program, is a well-known hallmark of Gowin’s work. “From the portraits of his wife and her family that made his career, to aerial pictures of landscapes that have undergone natural or man-made transformations, to his recent pictures of moths, he has transformed a medium that can seem distant and coldly realist and sometimes superficial into a tool for revealing the often hidden lives in people and nature,” Wohlforth says.

Gowin will present “A Life in Photography,” at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, October 7, in the Hood Auditorium. The talk is free and open to the public.

The Hood Museum of Art, which holds photographs by Gowin in its collection, has work by him on display in its Albright Gallery.

While on campus, Gowin will meet with beginning and advanced photography students in classes taught by Assistant Professor of Studio Art Christina Seely. He is also scheduled to do fieldwork with post-doctoral scholar Shira Gordon, whose research on insect ears overlaps with Gowin’s recent work photographing moths, which documents several new species.

Gowin will also join East Wheelock cluster residents for dinner at the residential community’s faculty adviser’s house and meet with Dartmouth graduate students for lunch.

The Montgomery endowment, which invites exceptional individuals to the college to live, work, and share their perspectives as members of the community, was established in 1977 through a gift of Kenneth ’25 and Harle Montgomery.

Later in October, Dartmouth will welcome its second fall-term Montgomery Fellow, Sir Malcolm Grant. Currently the chairman of NSH England, which oversees England’s national health service, Grant was formerly the president and provost of University College London. Grant’s residency, set for October 21-24, will include a lecture at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21, in the Arvo Oopik Auditorium at the Class of 1978 Life Sciences Center. The lecture, titled “The Impossible challenge? Providing High Quality Healthcare for Entire Populations,” is free and open to the public.

Kelly Sundberg Seaman