John Cohen

John Cohen: Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream

John Cohen: Do Not Disturb My Waking Dream

One cold sunny morning in December 2018, Gerhard Steidl drove from New York City to see John Cohen at his rambling home in upstate Putnam Valley. The purpose of the visit was to pick up originals to be scanned for Cohen’s Look up to the Moon, his book of photos from Morocco in 1955 and published by Steidl in 2019.…
John Cohen: Morocco

John Cohen: Morocco

In the summer of 1955 a relatively naive and uninformed John Cohen crossed the straits of Gibraltar. He arrived in Tangier with a handwritten note in cursive Arabic; the man who had composed it in New York had told him to “keep this paper far from your passport.” Cohen had no idea why or indeed what the note said; it…
Cheap Rents… and de Kooning: The downtown art world New York, 1957-63

Cheap Rents… and de Kooning: The downtown art world New York, 1957-63

Cheap rents … and de Kooning revisits the New York downtown art scene between 1957 and 1963, when the 10th Street galleries were the center of the art world and inexpensive lofts were still available. Living in this dynamic neighborhood, John Cohen photographed a series of its famous and infamous artists’ haunts―among them the legendary Cedar Bar, the Artists’ Club…