MARK COHEN (American, b. 1943)

Mark Cohen was born in 1943 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. A self-taught photographer since 1958, Mark Cohen’s self-titled “grab shots” came to the attention of the photography world in 1973 when he had a solo-show at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Working as a commercial photographer to supplement his work as an artist, Cohen has also taught photography at Princeton University, Wilkes College and Kings College.

Writes Vince Aletti in The Village Voice,

“Cohen’s black-and-white photos… are deliberately disconcerting, almost vulgar… Heads are cropped out of the frame; truncated hands, legs and arms loom monstrously into view; perspective warps. Cohen wasn’t alone in his harsh, comic view of down-home America, but his in-your-face take and fragmentary results were jarringly unique, and much imitated.” 

Cohen still lives and works in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

 Selected Collections:

Whitney Museum of American Art, NY

Museum of Modern Art, NY

Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY

Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

Fogg Museum, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA