Jeff Cowen (born January 9, 1966, New York, New York) is an American art photographer known for painterly photo murals, collages and street photography.
Art and career
His work often incorporates elements of collage and painting. He studied photography with Elaine Mayes at the Tisch School of the Arts in New York. His early images made at age 20 of prostitution in the meat district in New York City are in the permanent collection of the New York Historical Society.
Cowen continued his career in photography when he worked as assistant for master American photographers Larry Clark from 1988–1990, and Ralph Gibson from 1990-1992. At the beginnings of their careers, Clark was the assistant of W. Eugene Smith and Gibson was the assistant of Dorothea Lange.
From 1988 to 1994, Cowen photographed the tough neighborhoods of New York. He began teaching photography at LEAP in 1994.
At LEAP, Cowen met and mentored the young but brilliant illegal immigrant Dan-el Padilla  helping him to earn a scholarship to Collegiate School in New York City. Success at Collegiate School led Padilla to a scholarship at Princeton University where he graduated with the highest distinction and was offered full scholarship at Oxford University. Due to Padilla's illegal immigrant status, Padilla and Cowen were both featured in an article in the Wall Street Journal that highlighted some of the absurdity and rigidity of U.S. immigration laws.
At age 23, Cowen's images of the Romanian Revolution appeared in: The Manchester Guardian,[dubious ] Tel Aviv Post, Yomiru Shimbun, Asahi Shimbun. Cowen then took up drawing and anatomy (1994–1995) at the Art Students League of New York with the intention of using his drawing skills to further his photographic art.
In 2001, he based himself in Paris, France. He was awarded the Thomas Cooke Award for Photography. In 2005, his first monograph was published by Paris Musees. That monograph contains his early New York work and his painterly Mural collages of nudes. In 2007, Cowen collaborated with filmmaker and writer Andre Labarthe founder of the Cahiers du cinéma for his exhibition called The Lotus Eaters, inspired by a story in Homer's 'The Odyssey'. Currently, Jeff Cowen is based in Berlin, Germany, and Paris, France.
2012 - Recent Acquisitions, Huis Marseille Museum for photography, Grand Palais, Paris Photo, Paris
2012 - Jeff Cowen. Photographic works, Michael Werner Kunsthandel, Cologne
2011 - Jeff Cowen, personal exhibition, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
2011 - Art Moscow special project, Insight, personal exhibition curated by Eric Schlosser, Moscow
2011 - Personal exhibition, Urs Albrecht, Basel
2011 - Art Cologne, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
2011 - Los Angeles Art Show, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
2010 - Scarab, personal exhibition, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
2010 - Bologna Art Fair, Gallery Nieves Fernandez, Madrid
2010 - Pulse Miami, Gallery Nieves Fernandez, Madrid
2009 - Personal exhibition, Gallery Seine 51, Miami
2009 - Attacus Atlas, personal exhibition, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
2009 - Pulse Miami, Gallery Nieves Fernandez, Madrid
2009 - Photoespana 2009, personal exhibition, Gallery Nieves Fernandez, Madrid
2009 - Art Chicago 2009, Gallery Nieves Fernandez, Madrid
2009 -Palm Beach 3, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
2009 - Arco 2009, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
2009 - ArtBasel, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
2008 - Jeff Cowen, personal exhibition, A/34 Gallery, Barcelona
2008 -White Now, group exhibition, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
2008 -Arco 2008, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
2008 - Photo murals, personal Exhibition, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
2007 - ArtBasel, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich
2006 - The Lotus-Eaters, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
2006 - Fotografies, group exhibition, A/34 Gallery, Barcelona
2006 - Galerie d’Art de Créteil, Premières rencontres photographiques, Créteil
2005 - L’art et la guerre, group exhibition, La Filature, Mulhouse
2005 - Art Paris, 7ème édition, Carrousel du Louvre, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
2004 - Art Paris, 6ème édition, Carrousel du Louvre, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
2004 - 1987-2004 work, Galerie Seine 51, Paris
2003 - Art Paris, 5ème édition, Carrousel du Louvre, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
2003 - Shoot and Die, Gallery Seine 51, Paris
2001 - The Scroll Paintings, The Point Gallery, New York
2001 - Ming, Chaos Night Club, New York
2000 - China Studies, Luise Gallery, New York
1999 - Shoot and Die, Vitrines Calvin Klein du Bergdorf Goodman, New York
1994 - South Bronx, Collegiate School, New York
1993 - Chris D’Amelio, Curates Solo Show of West 14th Street at The Space, New York
Publications and press
2011 - Connaissance des Arts Photo 28: Des arbres et des fleurs, Nov 2011
2011 - The Moscow News: The state of the art, Sept 2011
2010 - Photo Magazine Romania: Exposé Jeff Cowen Scarab, Bucharest 
2010 - Vision Magazine: Scarab, July 2010, Beijing
2009 - Catalogue: Attacus Atlas, Gallery Seine 51, Paris 
2009 -Weltkunst: Cover, Viel Licht, Viel Schatten. Fotographie Zwischen Handwerk und Kunst, Sept 2009, Munich
2009 -Shared Space, The Joseph M. Cohen Collection, The Cygnet Foundation, New York
2008 -Lens Culture Magazine, Jeff Cowen, Barcelona, text by Jim Casper, Paris
2008 -L'insensé/Photo: Les Photographes Américains Contemporains, Paris
2008 -Catologue: Reflections on light, Gallery Bernd Klueser, Munich 
2008 -Catologue: Jeff Cowen, text by Urs Albrecht, Galerie A34, Barcelona
2008 - French L'Officel #922, Interview Jeff Cowen, p.256-257
2007 - French L'Officiel #920, Guest Artist, "Jeff Cowen September 7"
2007 - Kultphoto, porfolio Lotus-Eaters, Italie
2006 - The Lotus-Eaters, text by André S. Labarthe, Gallery Seine 51, Paris 
2005 - Lens Culture Magazine, Jeff Cowen, Cuba, text by Jim Casper, Paris
2005 - Liberation, Photographie International, Photo magazine, Art actuel
2004 - Jeff Cowen, Monograph, Editions Paris-Musées, Gallery Seine 51
2003 - Dreams through the glass, Editions Assouline
2003 - Exposition Shoot and Die: Beaux Arts, Photo magazine, Paris Match, Chronic’art, Update, Playboy magazine, Nudus…
1999 - New York Post, page 6, Bergdorf Goodman installation
1992 - New York News Day, South Bronx Photographer
1990 - Romanian Revolution: Manchester Guardian, Tel Aviv Post, Yomiru Shimbun, Asashi Shimbun
- Miriam Jordan, "Illegal at Princeton", Wall Street Journal, 15 April 2006.
- "Guide to the Photographer FileCa. 1882-1999PR 050". Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- ""Grand Prix Du Livre Thomas Cook" Deuxieme Edition Et De La "Bourse Du Voyage Thomas Cook" Actuphoto.Com Photographie". Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- "Paris-Musées - Les musées de la ville de Paris". Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- "lens culture: Jeff Cowen, The Lotus Eaters". Retrieved 2008-07-14.
- Jeff Cowen Artist Talk Photographic Works Cologne 2012
- Audio interview and photos by Jeff Cowen
- Jeff Cowen web page
- Biography and list of exhibitions