Mark Cohen

May 9 – June 20, 2014

Upside-Down Girl. 1974.

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Defiant Girl up on Fence. October 1973.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. 1974.

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Man and Bag.  December, 1974.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. Wilkes-Barre, PA. January 1975.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. 1974.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Edwardsville, PA. 2009

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Untitled. 1977.

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Untitled. WIlkes-Barre. 1975.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Youth Crouching. 1974.

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Untitled. 1974.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Girl's Blonde Hair. 1971.

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Dark Knees. WIlkes-Barre. December, 1974.

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Boy's Eye and Man's Hand. 1974.

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Untitled. 1975.

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Parallel Arms, Aluminum Siding. 1974.

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Untitled. 1979.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

The Girl with Eight Sections. April, 1973.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. 1977.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. Wilkes-Barre, PA. January 24th, 1975.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Knee/Glass. Wilkes-Barre. May 1976.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Volumetric Leg Picture. 1975.

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Bubblegum. 1975

16 x 20 inch gelatin silver print

Belly Button Cartwheel, 1975.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Rain Drops and White Line. Wilkes-Barre. June 1973.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. December 31, 1973.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. February 28th, 1973.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. 1976.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. August 1978.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. Edwardsville, PA. August 27th, 1974.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Untitled. WIlkes-Barre, PA. 1973.

16 x 20 inch vintage gelatin silver print

Boy in Yellow Shirt Smoking. Scranton, PA. 1977.

14 x 17 inch dye transfer print

Karate Stance. Wilkes-Barre, PA. 1977.

14 x 17 inch dye transfer print

Young Limbs. Harvey's Lake, PA. 1981.

14 x 17 inch dye transfer print

Man by Red Shirt in Car with Baby. Wilkes-Barre, PA. 1977.

14 x 17 inch dye transfer print

Girl holding blackberries. Wilkes-Barre, PA. 1975.

14 x 17 inch dye transfer print

Pink Jump Rope. Wilkes-Barre. 1975.

14 x 17 inch dye transfer print

Young Girl at Beach.  New Jersey. 1977.

14 x 17 inch dye transfer print

Small Hand By Yellow Shirt. Wilkes-Barre, PA. 1975.

14 x 17 inch dye transfer print

Red Lips. Scranton, PA. 1987.

17 x 14 inch dye transfer print

Girl and Man At Road, 1975

14 x 17 inch dye transfer print

Press Release

Mark Cohen
May 9 – June 20, 2014

Danziger Gallery is proud to announce our representation and first solo show of the work of Mark Cohen.

Mark Cohen 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 photography.

Shooting 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.

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.
 

Previous publications include  “Strange Evidence” (published in conjunction with Cohen’s 2010 show at the Philadelphia Museum of Art);  “Grim Stret” (with an introduction by Anne Wilkes Tucker);  and “True Color” (with an introduction by Vince Aletti).