Mark Cohen has spent decades doing hit-and-run street photography in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. His pictures are always taken from waist-height, so he can keep his wits about him – and he’s taken 800,000 shots he’s never even seen
Mark Cohen Photogrpaphy
But isn’t getting audaciously close, almost predatory, integral to his work? “The trespass makes it happen, yes,” he says.“When you’re trying to make a new object, you’ve got to make something happen. And you learn to read people’s reactions quickly.”After all these years, honing in on details to find images has become automatic. “Here’s a wonderful button – I love to see the buttons come out,” he says, examining his silver print of a lady’s coat. Or, of Seedpod in the Snow (1978), he comments that the orderly row of kernels “look like they’re on a bus”. The titles of the images – Wisp of Hair, Red Bow/Bare Back, Shirtless Boy with Chain – emphasise his powerful fixations.
Mark Cohen in Action
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