July 3, 1944|
May 12, 2014 (aged 69)|
McGill University Health Centre, Montreal, Quebec, Canada
|Education||University of Wisconsin|
Governor General's Award|
Scotiabank Photography Award
Born in Racine, Wisconsin, Cohen was educated in printmaking and sculpture at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, and in Ann Arbor and Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Michigan. She studied for a year at the Slade School of Fine Art in London.
She taught and provided workshops at several institutions, primarily Eastern Michigan University (1968-1973), Algonquin College (1973-1975), and the University of Ottawa (1974-2005). Cohen has exhibited widely and held artist's residencies across North America and Europe.
Cohen was known for her photographs of empty institutional interiors: living rooms, public halls, retirement homes, laboratories, offices, showrooms, shooting ranges, factories, spas, and military installations. Despite this interest in living and working spaces, Cohen's photographs are usually devoid of human presence. She photographed using an 8 x 10" view camera, allowing her to capture great detail, and create very large prints beginning in the mid-eighties. Her work has been published in catalogues such as Occupied Territory (1987) and No Man's Land (2001). In one of her last monographs, Cohen described a major goal in her work, a "long-standing preoccupation with formal, intellectual and ideological camouflage."
Lynne Cohen died of lung cancer at the age of 69 on May 12, 2014, in the palliative care unit at McGill University Health Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. In accordance with her personal wishes, no funeral service was held.
- 2017: Some of Cohen's work is displayed alongside Taryn Simon's work at Tate Modern.
- 2016: Almas Gemelas. Museo Universidad de Navarra in Pamplona, Spain.
- 2012: Lynne Cohen: Nothing Is Hidden. Design Exchange, Toronto
- 2011: The Rencontres d'Arles Discovery Award laureate. France.
- 2006: Camouflage, Aalst, Ottawa, Toronto, Frankfurt 
- 2002: No Man's Land. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa.
- 1990: Living Evidence: Lynne Cohen, Roger Mertin. Presentation House Gallery, Vancouver 
- "Lynne Cohen". National Gallery of Canada. Retrieved 8 October 2013.
- The Canada Council for the Arts - Lynne Cohen Accessed March 10, 2012. archived at Archived June 14, 2006, at the Wayback Machine.
- Bogardi, Georges (September 2002). "No Man's Land". Canadian Art. 19 (3): 84.
Her photographs of interiors—domestic spaces in her early career, mostly institutional spaces in the last two decades or so—are famous for never depicting the people who inhabit them.
- Lynne Cohen on artnet Accessed March 10, 2012.
- Cohen, Lynne (2005). Camouflage. Cherbourg: Point du jour. ISBN 2912132444. OCLC 65405255.
- "Canadian Photographer Lynne Cohen Dies at 69". Canadian Art. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- Ottawa Citizen More Ottawa Citizen. "Lynne Cohen 1944-2014: Artist's eyes were wide-open to the world - Ottawa Citizen". Ottawa Citizen.
- "Canadian Photographer Lynne Cohen Dies at 69". Canadian Art.
- CONTACT photography festival. "Scotiabank CONTACT Photography FestivalLynne Cohen: Nothing Is Hidden". scotiabankcontactphoto.com.
- Gessell, Paul (February 2, 2006). "Lynne Cohen's indoor spaces give us the chills". The Ottawa Citizen.
- Living Evidence: Lynne Cohen, Roger Mertin. Vancouver: Presentation House Gallery. 1991. ISBN 0-920293-26-3.
- Cohen, Lynne. Camouflage. Cherbourg: Point du jour, 2005.
- Cohen, Lynne. Occupied Territory. New York: Aperture, 2012.
- Cohen, Lynne, Fonds Regional d'Art Contemporain de Limousin, Hôtel des Arts. Lynne Cohen l'endroit du decor = lost and found. Paris: Hôtel des Arts, 1992.
- Cohen, Lynne and Francois Tourneux. Faux Indices. Montréal: Musée d'Art Contemporain, 2013.
- Cohen, Lynne and Marie de Brugerolle. Lynne Cohen. Montréal: Dazibao, 2011.
- Thomas, Ann. No Man's Land: The Photography of Lynne Cohen". Thames & Hudson, 2001.
- Official website
- Florida Museum of Photographic Arts - The Art of Lynne Cohen archived at Archived February 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine.