Keynote Talk: Emmet Gowin

“Only Chance is Fair”

Subsidence Craters on Yucca Flat, 1996 ©Emmet Gowin

This Keynote is now available on YouTube

Emmet will give a brief overview of his and Edith’s lives, leading up to a concentration on his three most recent publications: The Nevada Test Site, 2019, Princeton University Press., Mariposas Nocturnas – Moths of Central and South America / A Study in Beauty and Diversity, 2017, Princeton University Press and Hidden Likeness, Emmet Gowin at the Morgan, 2015, The Morgan Library and Museum, New York.

Emmet Gowin by Edith Gowin

Born in Danville, Virginia in 1941, Emmet Gowin is Professor of Photography in the Council of the Humanities, Princeton University, and has been teaching in the Visual Arts Program since 1973. In 1990, a retrospective of his work, Emmet Gowin/Photographs: This Vegetable Earth Is But A Shadow, was published by the Philadelphia Museum of Art. A recipient of a Guggenheim (1974) and two NEA Fellowships (1977 and 1979), he has also received awards from the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (1983), the Seattle Arts Commission (1980), the 1983 Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the State of Pennsylvania, the 1992 Friends of Photography Peer Award, and a Pew Fellowship in the Arts for 1993-94. He received the President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching at Princeton University in 1997. His work is represented by Pace Wildenstein MacGill Gallery in New York. His most recent publication is Changing the Earth, with Jock Reynolds, Terry Tempest Williams, and Phillip Brookman, published by Yale University Press (2002).

Keynote Talk: Mark Osterman

Finding my Voice

Paper Wasp by Mark Osterman

This Keynote is now available on YouTube

Mark Osterman began his personal investigation of early photographic processes while attending the Kansas City Art Institute in the 1970s. When he stumbled upon the wet collodion process in the 1980s he found a technique that suited his personal interest in early technology. Once mastering the process he regarded it as simply another tool and it took years for him to find the voice that would be complimented by the technique. Osterman will discuss his own techno-aesthetics with this illustrated lecture that includes his earliest experiments up to Anatomy, his most recent body of work made with the wet collodion process.

Mark Osterman is Process Historian at the George Eastman Museum in Rochester, New York. He graduated from the Kansas City Art Institute in 1977 with an emphasis in string musical instruments design and construction. Osterman began his research in early photographic processes at the Art Institute and continued while teaching at the George school, Newtown, Pennsylvania.

With his wife, France Scully Osterman, the couple taught the first modern workshops in the wet collodion process and published the Collodion Journal (1995-2001). Osterman went on to teach the evolution of early photographic processes for the Advanced Residency Program in Photograph Conservation from 1999-2010 and established himself as a resource for research in photographic processes from the asphalt heliograph to gelatin emulsions. His teaching and writings are well known to the photographic community. Osterman also used historic processes for his own photography and continues to exhibit his work internationally. He is represented by Howard Greenberg Gallery (NYC) Tilt Gallery (Scottsdale, AZ) and Photo Gallery International (Tokyo).