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Boy in Yellow Shirt Smoking, 1977

Boy in Yellow Shirt Smoking, 1977

Mark Cohen was born in 1943 in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Having worked as a commercial photographer since 1958, his first important exhibition was the 1969 group show Vision and Expression at the International Museum of Photography at the George Eastman House in Rochester. In 1971 Cohen received a Guggenheim Fellowship to continue his work in Wilkes-Barre and its surroundings. The resulting series, Grim Street, was shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York in 1973.  The exhibition brought his work to the attention of the wider public and the series was subsequently shown at other major institutions, including the Light Gallery, Castelli Graphics, the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C, and the Art Institute of Chicago. In 1975, William Jenkins of the George Eastman House commissioned Cohen to produce a series of color photographs sponsored by the Kodak Company. This series, True Color, was exhibited at the George Eastman House the following year. In 1975 Cohen received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for photography and in 1976 Cohen received his second Guggenheim Fellowship. Cohen has published three monographs, Grim Street (powerHouse Books, 2005), True Color (powerHouse books, 2007), and Italian Riviera (Punctum Press, 2008), and one recent exhibition catalog titled Dark Knees, that accompanied his solo exhibition at Le Bal in Paris, France in 2013.

Mark Cohen’s work has been exhibited in England, Belgium, France, Australia, Canada, Korea, Japan, and extensively across the United States. His work is in both public and private collections. Cohen lives and works in Philadelphia, PA.

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