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.
Mr. Gowin picked up the handset several minutes later and confirmed that he had been deep in the bowels of his home, where his digital printing studio is. He was busy working on a project about insects in South America, but he took time out to share advice and perspective about life and art, and to discuss his recently published monograph, “Emmet Gowin,” which explores his career and was produced in conjunction with a major 2013 retrospective in Madrid and Bilbao, Spain.