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Mark Cohen (American, b.1943)
LOT ID: 82491
Headless Jump Rope, 1975

Silver Print, gelatin silver print
11.8 х 17.6 in. (29.97 x 44.7 cm.)
Signed, in pencil
Print/Casting Year 1980
Lot description
Image size is 11.8125 x 17.625 inches (40.64 x 50.8 cm).

Headless Jump Rope, is typical of Mark Cohen's work in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s on the streets of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania. The assembled images offer a complex and surprising portrait of the city and its citizens. Cohen has called these pictures “grab shots,” referring to how he shot from the hip with his camera prefocused. The resulting photographs—usually captured through chance encounter and with an unexpected flash—present the viewer with a compelling spectrum of often headless characters reacting to Cohen’s camera as they go about their day.

A native of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, Mark Cohen rose to prominence as a photographer with a solo exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1973. The recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and two Guggenheim Fellowships, Cohen’s work is included in numerous public collections, and the subject of a survey exhibition at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Mark Cohen: Strange Evidence in 2011. A selection of his photographs was included in Blue Sky’s 1978 group exhibition, Some Twenty Odd Visions, and in a companion catalogue of the same name. Cohen’s Grim Street was published by powerHouse Books in 2005
Headless Jump Rope by Mark Cohen
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