Life Term

The first time I met Emmet Gowin was in 1999.  I was new to teaching, and putting together an exhibition about his work as both an artist and a teacher in our campus gallery.

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There are a number of things about that first conversation I still remember.

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If you follow these pages at all, you know that I am currently working on a book about handmade photographic processes.  There are a number of great artists contributing pictures to illustrate this book, including Emmet Gowin.

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Also included are some pictures by Deborah Luster, specifically some pictures she made from a series called One Big Self, a series of portraits of prison inmates in Louisiana.  They are wonderful portraits, full of humanity.

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In that first conversation with Emmet he told me how none of us are different from prisoners, at least in an existential way.  We are all living a life term, bound by suffering and isolation.

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