Book: True Color by Mark Cohen





photographs©Mark Cohen via Rose Gallery

Mark Cohen occupies a conspicuous place among the innovators of American street photography. Cohen’s photographs are intrusive, fragmented keyhole perspectives depicting the street-life of his hometown, Wilkes-Barre, PA. Taken in the 1970s and 1980s, True Color is a project originally commissioned by the George Eastman House. Mark Cohen’s color images demonstrate chaotic visual narratives, at times harshly flashed, that denote the artist’s invasive style illustrating this American coal-mining region. A somewhat hermetic visual predator, Cohen deliberately seeks closeness to his subjects and finds a way to ambush partial details, a pink jump rope, a green car, a child’s set of bare limbs.

If you’re in Los Angeles the show runs until April 11th at the Rose Gallery in Santa Monica.

True Color by Mark Cohen [Amazon]
Grim Street by Mark Cohen [Amazon]

Thanks MDM and Joni.

  • El

    one of the best american color photography books ever made. striking, haunting, spontaneous images that show the glory of color film and all that it can do in candid, persona, rawl photography. should be considred, along with the work of Eggleston, Evans etc. among the great books ever published, and essential viewing for those interested.

  • Molly

    The show has been extended til May 2! Last week to visit!

  • bH

    love at first sight