Peter Goin, MFA

Foundation Professor of Art; Photography/Time-Based Media
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Peter Goin, 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 New Mexico Press, 1992), "Humanature" (University of Texas Press, 1996) and "The Nature of Lake Tahoe: A Photographic History, 1860-1960" (University of New Mexico Press, 2021). He served as editor of Arid Waters: Photographs from the Water in the West Project (University of Nevada Press, 1992). Goin is also 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. Goin's 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, Goin was the author of "South Lake Tahoe: Then & Now" and co-author with Paul F. Starrs of A Field Guide to California Agriculture that won the J. B. Jackson Prize for publishing excellence (2010). Goin and Lucy Lippard co-authored "Time and Time Again: History, Rephotography, and Preservation in the Chaco World" (2013). Recent books include with Gary Snyder, "Dooby Lane" (Counterpoint Press, Fall 2016) and with Peter Frederici, "A New Form of Beauty: Glen Canyon Beyond Climate Change" (University of Arizona Press, Fall 2016).

Courses taught

  • 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
  • Architectural Photography
  • Internships/Directed Readings/Graduate seminars
  • Color Theory
  • Professional Practices BFA/MFA

Recent publications

  • The Nature of Lake Tahoe: A Photographic History 1860-1960, 2021
  • Conversaciones D/P [Dionisio Gonzalez/Peter Goin], 2020
  • Colors of California Agriculture, 2018
  • Emerald Bay & the Desolation Wilderness, 2018
  • A New Form of Beauty: Glen Canyon Beyond Climate Change, 2016
  • Dooby Lane, 2016, [co-authored with Gary Snyder] Counterpoint Press
  • 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


  • MFA, photography, University of Iowa, 1976
  • M.A., photography, University of Iowa, 1975
  • B.A., political Science, Hamline University, 1973