Mark Cohen (b.1943) is an American photographer, Master level
was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania where he lived and
photographed for most of his life. (He now lives in Philadelphia.)
His work was first exhibited in 1969 at the George Eastman House but
came to prominence with his first solo exhibition at MoMA in 1973.
Known primarily for his black and white images, Cohen was also a
pioneer of the 1970s color movement that changed American
in the gritty environs of working class Pennsylvania, Cohen brought
to street photography a literal and innovative closeness that came
from his style of holding the camera at arm's length without looking
through the viewfinder while using an unusually wide angle lens.
Intrusive but elegant, by turns brutal and sensuous, Cohen’s
cropped bodies and faces and gritty still lives and landscapes reveal
a finely tuned aesthetic and consistency. No background behind the
looming foreground figures is without interest. No random object is
observed without purpose. "They're not easy pictures. But I
guess that's why they're mine." Says Cohen.
is the recipient of two Guggenheim Grants and his work is in the
collections of major museums from the U.S. to Japan. His most recent
retrospective in 2013 at Le Bal in Paris and the accompanying
publication “Dark Knees” were singled out by critics around the
world as outstanding achievements in photography.