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Peter Goin

Foundation Professor of Art: Photography/Videography
Peter Goin

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  • Master of Fine Arts in Photography, University of Iowa, 1976
  • Master of Art in Photography, University of Iowa, 1975
  • Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Hamline University, 1973


Peter Goin, University of Nevada, Reno Foundation Professor, is the author of "Tracing the Line: A Photographic Survey of the Mexican-American Border" (limited edition artist book, 1987), "Nuclear Landscapes" (The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1991), "Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe" with essays by C. Elizabeth Raymond and Robert E. Blesse (University of NewMexico Press, 1992), and "Humanature" (University of Texas Press, 1996). He served as editor of a fifth book, "Arid Waters: Photographs from the Water in the West Project" (University of Nevada Press, 1992). Goin also is co-author of numerous books, including the "Atlas of the New West," a collaborative effort with members of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado at Boulder; "A Doubtful River" (University of Nevada Press, 2000), a project that examines the complex watershed of the first federal irrigation dam, the Newlands Project; and "Changing Mines in America" (Center for American Places distributed by the University of Chicago Press, 2004), reinterpreting the legacy and importance of mining landscapes throughout the United States. In 2005, Goin and Paul F. Starrs served as co-authors of the seminal "Black Rock" (University of Nevada Press), a dedicated investigation of a phenomenal desert region in northern Nevada.

Goin's photographs have been exhibited in more than 50 museums nationally and internationally, and he is the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships. His video work has earned him an Emmy nomination, as well as the Best Experimental Video Award at the 2001 New York International Film & Video Festival. At the turn of the new century, Goin was awarded the Governor's Millennium Award for Excellence in the Arts.

In fall of 2009, the Black Rock Institute Press published the Fine Art limited edition, slip-cased book titled "Nevada Rock Art," Goin's focused study on Nevada's petroglyphs and pictographs. Reflecting his long-standing work studying Lake Tahoe, he was the author of "South Lake Tahoe: Then & Now" and co-author with Starrs of "A Field Guide to California Agriculture," which won the J. B. Jackson Prize for publishing excellence (2010).


  • Advanced Photography I and II
  • History of Photography
  • Seminar in Photography
  • Field workshops in Mexico, and via horseback in the Sierra Nevada and the Ruby Mountains
  • 4x5 Photography
  • Internships/Directed Readings/Graduate seminars


  • Time and Time Again: History, Rephotography, and Preservation in the Chaco World, 2013. [co-authored with Lucy Lippard] Museum of New Mexico Press.
  • A Maritime History of Lake Tahoe. 2012. Arcadia Publishers.
  • An Introduction to the Nature of California Agriculture. 2011. co-authored with Paul F. Starrs, University of California Press.
  • Black Rock. 2010. [co-authored with Paul F. Starrs] Black Rock Institute Press [paperback release].
  • A Field Guide To California Agriculture. 2010. [co-authored with Paul F. Starrs] University of California Press.
  • South Lake Tahoe: Then & Now. 2010. Arcadia Publishers.
  • Nevada Rock Art, Black Rock Institute Press.
  • Black Rock Special Jacket edition, Lumino Press, Santa Barbara, California.
  • Black Rock Museum, collector edition, very limited slip-case edition, accompanied by hand-printed original photograph by Peter Goin, Lumino Press, Santa Barbara, California.
  • Lake Tahoe. London: Arcadia Publishers, 2005 [reprinted]
  • Black Rock, co-authored with Paul F. Starrs. University of Nevada Press, 2005.
  • Lake Tahoe. London: Arcadia Publishers, 2005
  • Changing Mines in America, co-authored with C. Elizabeth Raymond.
  • "The Nuclear Past in the Landscape Present," Scott C. Zeman and Michael A. Amundson, eds., Atomic Culture: How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (Boulder: University Press of Colorado, 2004). Reissue in paperback. A Doubtful River, co-authored with Mary Webb and Robert Dawson. (Reno: University of Nevada Press, 2000).
  • Davis, Stephen R., ed. Sagebrush Vernacular: Rural Architecture in Nevada (Reno: Nevada Humanities committee, 2003). Publication of Peter Goin's student work documenting rural architecture throughout Nevada.
  • A Doubtful River, co-authored with Mary Webb and Robert Dawson. (Reno:University of Nevada Press, 2000).
  • Material Culture, Signifying the Moment, and The Vicarious and the Visual, three artist books produced for an installation at the Southeast Museum of Photography, Daytona Beach, Florida.
  • Atlas of the New West, co-authored with William Riebsame, Patricia Nelson Limerick and Charles Wilkinson, Center for the American West, Norton, Inc.
  • Humanature, University of Texas Press
  • Stopping Time: A Rephotographic Survey of Lake Tahoe, University of New Mexico
  • Press (essays by Elizabeth Raymond and Robert E. Blesse).
  • Arid Waters: Photographs from the Water in the West Project, University of Nevada
  • Press, (editor).
  • Nuclear Landscapes, Johns Hopkins University Press.
  • Tracing the Line: A Photographic Survey of the Mexican-American Border.

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