Mark Cohen, ‘Three Boys Posing, Wilkes-Barre, PA’, 1975, ROSEGALLERY

About Mark Cohen

Mark Cohen rose to prominence in the early 1970s with “shoot-from-the-hip” style photographs, which he took in his hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. Building on a legacy of street photographers from Eugène Atget to Garry Winogrand, Cohen flouts conventions of traditional portraiture. “There’s no conversation. I’m not interesting in having to explain myself,” he has said. “I’m just using people on the street in the most transitory way.” His black-and-white photographs convey a distinctly American cultural milieu, eschewing posturing and planning to achieve an unfiltered depiction of local culture. Although he relocated to Philadelphia in 2013, Cohen maintains his signature style and approach.

American, b. 1943, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania