End Frame: Emmet Gowin on Harry Callahan

March 11, 2014

By David Walker

© The Estate of Harry Callahan/courtesy of Pace/MacGill Gallery, New York

“Eleanor,” Chicago, 1950, by Harry Callahan. Emmet Gowin says his friend and mentor emphasized painstaking effort and patience. 

Master photographer and teacher Emmet Gowin, whose new book is excerpted in the article “Emmet Gowin: A Photographer’s Path to Seeing,” was influenced by a number of photographers, among them Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Walker Evans and Ralph Eugene Meatyard. But none shaped Gowin’s work and career like Harry Callahan, who became his teacher and mentor when Gowin enrolled at...

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