Mark Cohen (photographer)
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania U.S.
|Home town||Wilkes-Barre and Scranton, Pennsylvania|
Mark Cohen (born 1943) is an American photographer best known for his innovative street photography.
Life and career
Cohen was born and lives in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. He attended Penn State University and Wilkes College between 1961 and 1965, and opened a commercial photo studio in 1966. Cohen’s photography was first exhibited in the 1969 exhibition Vision and Expression organised by Nathan Lyons at George Eastman House. He has twice been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and received a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 1975. A monograph of black and white photographs, Grim Street, was published in 2005 by powerHouse Books. A second book, True Color, followed in 2007.
The majority of the work for which Cohen is known is shot in the neighbourhoods of Wilkes-Barre and Scranton. Characteristically he shoots his subjects close in, often using a wide-angle lens and flash, frequently cropping the subjects' heads from the frame, concentrating on small details and moments.
Discussing his influences with Thomas Southall in 2004 he cites ". . . so many photographers who followed Cartier-Bresson, like Frank, Koudelka, Winogrand, Friedlander." He also recognises the influence of Diane Arbus. Whilst acknowledging these influences he says: "I knew about art photography...Then I did these outside the context of any other photographer."
Books by Cohen
- Mark Cohen, Photographer: A Monograph. 1980. 38 pp. OCLC 14157788
- Mark Cohen: October 10 – December 13, 1981. Washington, DC: Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1981. 24 pp. OCLC 8793002
- Images: A Photographic Essay of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Avoca, PA: Economic Development Council of Northeastern Pennsylvania, 1982. 58 pp. OCLC 40750751
- Five Minutes in Mexico: Photographs. [Wilkes-Barre, PA]: The [Sordoni Art] Gallery, 1989. 71 pp. ISBN 0-942945-00-X
- Grim Street. New York: powerHouse, 2005. ISBN 1-57687-230-0
- True Color. New York: powerHouse, 2007. ISBN 1-57687-372-2
- Italian Riviera. Rome: Punctum Press, 2008. Edition of 40. ISBN 978-8-895410-16-6
- Dark Knees. Paris: Editions Xavier Barral, 2013. ISBN 978-2-365110-42-6
Contributions to publications
- Contatti. Provini d'Autore = Choosing the best photo by using the contact sheet. Vol. I. Edited by Giammaria De Gasperis. Rome: Postcart, 2012. ISBN 978-88-86795-87-6.
- 'Photographs by Mark Cohen', Museum of Modern Art [MoMA Exh. #1027, 1973]
- 'Mark Cohen: Strange Evidence', Philadelphia Museum of Art
- 'Mark Cohen: Italian Riviera, 2008' (2013), Maslow Collection at Marywood University
- "Mark Cohen". Brucesilverstein.com. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
- Nathan Lyons, Vision and Expression (New York: Horizon Press, 1969).
- George Eastman House bio.
- "Mark Cohen", John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
- NEA 1975 Annual report (PDF), page 97.
- "Photography: Mark Cohen", Profiles in Excellence. Penn State Public Broadcasting, 1982. Here  at Penn State on Demand. (Starts at 1′43″.)
- 2004 interview with Thomas Southall, in Grim Street.
- 2004 interview with Anne Wilkes Tucker, in the preface to Grim Street.
- According to WorldCat, "Also published as Camera, 1980, no. 3."
- "Exhibition History List". MoMA. Retrieved 2010-06-26.
- "Mark Cohen: Strange Evidence". Philadelphia Museum of Art. Retrieved 2010-10-25.
- Four unspecified items, according to the alphabetical listing of artists. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
- Two items, according to the alphabetical listing of artists, including Girl with Skipping Rope, the cover image of Grim Street. Retrieved 2010-05-30.
- 129 items, detailed in the checklist of artists. Retrieved 2010-05-30.