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Book Signing: Mark Cohen at Dashwood Books

Posted By Administration, Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Dark Knees 

Wednesday, March 19, 2014
6:00 - 8:00 pm

Mark Cohen has been a major figure in street photography since the 1970's primarily known for the relentless documentation of his hometown, Wilkes-Barre, near Scranton in Pennsylvania, and its surroundings.  Dark Knees is a catalogue of Cohen's photos taken in Wilkes-Barre over the past 40 years but it is not a straight-forward social portrait of a failed mining and manufacturing community.  The images captured by Cohen are intuitive "grab shots" taken very to close to his subjects, often blinding them with the flash. Rejecting the use of the rangefinder, he will photograph at arm's length, without focusing, chopping off fragments of gestures, postures or body parts that run over the frame leaving only torsos without faces; hands, feet, pairs of legs or simply knees. Cohen recalls "I became a surrealist because I kept walking around the same blocks, and I started taking a picture of a guy's shoe. I didn't know what I was doing exactly. I was just being led by whatever I would see."

The New York Times has called Dark Knees one of the 10 best photo books of 2013; it contains a selection of over 200 images curated by Diane Dufour for her seminal exhibition at Le Bal along with an insightful essay by Vince Aletti. Re-introducing the work to the contemporary photography world, the book reveals Cohen to be an essential figure in the history of American photography - bringing his own brand of close-up street photography to the medium. 


More information on the book signing at Dashwood Books

                                                                  33 Bond St., NY, NY 10012


Mark Cohen is represented by aipad member Danziger Gallery 

Danzinger Gallery will be exhibiting Mark Cohen's work from May 8 - June 21.


Tags:  Danzinger Gallery  Mark Cohen 

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