Peter Goin
Abandoned and Overgrown Section of Erie Canal, 1981

7.375 in H x 10 in W
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Split Toned Gelatin Silver Print
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About the Artist

Peter Goin

BirthplaceMadison, WI
CitizenshipUnited States
Cultural HeritageEuropean-American
Light Work RelationshipArtist-in-Residence, 1981
Lecturer, 1981
Light Work Gallery, 1983
Robert B. Menschel Gallery, 1996 (Group Exhibition)


For a more recent CV or bio please visit the artist's website,

Peter Goin has spent the majority of his life in the great American outback that includes the Basin and Range country of northern Nevada. Traveling from Vya through Gerlach to Fallon and Tonopah, to Elko and Ely down to Boulder City and Las Vegas and circling to Reno, he belongs to these landscapes that boom and bust, have coyote eyes and desert springs, red mountains and Shakespearian peaks. He is the author of books exploring paradigms of place, including Tracing the Line: A Photographic Survey of the Mexican-American Border; Nuclear Landscapes; Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe, Nevada Rock Art, and Humanature. Searching, envisioning, and defining the hearth of aridity is a rich heritage, reflected in coauthored books such as Black Rock, with Paul F. Starrs, and to the new nature of that which is raised and farmed, A Field Guide to California Agriculture. His recent books are with Lucy Lippard, Time and Time Again: History, Rephotography, and Preservation in the Chaco World that explores the mysteries of time and identity in ancestral architecture, and, with the poet Gary Snyder, Dooby Lane, a chronicle of Gerlach inscribed in stone tablets at the gateway to the Black Rock. Peter’s photographs have been exhibited in more than fifty museums nationally and internationally, and he is the recipient of multiple awards from the National Endowment for the Arts to Nevada Governor’s Millennium Award for Excellence in the Arts.

circa 2018


Photographer Peter Goin lives in San Francisco. His work has been exhibited at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and the Corcoran Gallery of Arts among others. He was also awarded an NEA photographers fellowship and was an artist-in-residence at Light Work in 1981. During his stay as Artist-in-Residence Goin photographed the evidence of the changing landscape, making images that present the unusual balance between man's constructions and natures adaptations. Goin concentrated on scenes that had been altered by man and were in the process of being reclaimed by nature.