October 26, 2010
Mark Cohen is a Pennsylvania-based photographer who has been working in and around the Scranton and Wilkes-Barre areas for more than 40 years. In the 1970s, he gained attention for his aggressive style of street photography in which he very abruptly approaches strangers and takes their photos with a wide-angle lens (and on occasion, flash).
You can see the results of this approach at the new exhibition in the Perelman Building of the Philadelphia Museum of Art called Mark Cohen: Strange Evidence, now through February 2011. The images he creates are often just fragments of people and the results are both appealing in the universality and uncomfortable in their disembodiments.
Cohen’s photographs have been taken over the last 40 years, and yet, because of his choices regarding style and subject, every image shown in this exhibition appear as if they could be contemporaries of one another. During the preview of this show, the artist admitted that he’s most interested in American life when it looks like the 1950s and so has worked to maintain the feel of that era.
No additional ticketing is required for Strange Evidence, admission is included in the general museum fee. This photographs will be on display now through February 2011, so make sure to see them while you can. To see more photos from the preview of this exhibition, click here.