John Cohen made photographs beginning in 1954 when the only work for a photographer was in photo journalism or in advertising, neither of which he wanted to do. Instead he made his own personal photographs, documenting things which were important to him: mostly artists and musicians. His photographic inquiries lead him to the Andes and to Appalachia, where he photographed traditional musicians in their own homes. John started the photography program at Purchase College SUNY in 1972 where he taught for twenty-five years.

 

His photographs have been exhibited throughout the United States and reside in many public collections. In addition to gaining fine art notoriety, his images were used on record covers, in television and movie productions, and informed his later film projects.

 

“JC's words about photography.”

solo exhibitions

 

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Dedication | Galerie Julian Sander,  Cologne, Germany 

The 10th Street Art World, 1957-1963 | L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York, NY 

John Cohen Photographer, Brink Gallery, Missoula, MT 

Woody Guthrie & Friends | Woody Guthrie Museum, Tulsa, OK 

Musée Rimbaud, Charleville-Mezieres, Serge Aboukrat (Galerie La Non-Maison), Paris, and Galerie La Non-Maison, Aix en Provence, France 

Past, Present, Peru | Deborah Bell Photographs, New York, NY 

Wave Gallery, Brescia, Italy

Ice Box Gallery, Minneapolis, MN

Mizel Center, Denver, CO

Silver Eye Center for Photography, Pittsburgh, PA 

Neuberger Museum, Purchase College SUNY, NY

Columbia Museum of Art, Columbia, SC

Hampshire College, Amherst, MA

Middle Tennessee State Univ. Murfreesboro, TN

Daytona Beach Center for Photography, Daytona Beach, FL

Witherspoon Museum, Greensboro, NC

College of Santa Fe photo gallery, NM

Chicago Cultural Center, IL

Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA

Nacional Museo de Arte, Lima, Peru

Side Gallery, Newcastle, England

Photographers Gallery, Wales

Neuberger Museum, SUNY Purchase, NY

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, RI

Image Gallery, New York, NY

American Institute of Graphic Artists, New York, NY

Yale University Art Museum, New Haven, CT

Limelight Gallery, New York, NY

 

John Cohen's photography estate is managed by L. Parker Stephenson Gallery 

group exhibitions

 

2017   

2016   

2015   

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2012   

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Inventing Downtown: Artist-Run Galleries in New York City, 1950-1965 (traveling) | Grey Art Gallery, New York University, NY and Abu Dhabi 

Beat Generation (traveling) |Center Georges Pompidou, Paris, France and ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany 

Folk City: New York and the American Folk Music Revival | Museum of the City of New York, NY 

American Cool | National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC 

Roving Signs | Matthew Marks Gallery, New York, NY 

Happenings New York, 1958-1963 | Pace Gallery Chelsea, New York, NY 

Recent Acquisitions: A Decade of Collecting | Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York NY 

Insiders: Intimate Images | Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA

This World, Another World |Photo Eye Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Keeping Time: the Music Photographs of John Cohen & Milt Hinton | Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Extended Play | Photographic Resource Center, Boston, MA

A Spiritual Journey: photography in Latin America | Brooklyn Museum, NY

Andean Light | Queens College, New York, NY

Beat Culture and the New America, 1950-1965 | Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY

Beat Generation | New York University Gallery, NY

The Sixties | 292 Gallery, New York, NY

Rebels, Poets & Artists of the 1950s | National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC

Spirit of the New Landscape | Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Brunswick, ME

Visual Arts Gallery, New York, NY

Image Gallery, New York, NY 

public collections

 

Metropolitan Museum of Art 

Brooklyn Museum

Museum of Modern Art

Victoria & Albert Museum, London 

Side gallery, Newcastle, England 

Rhode Island School of Design 

Neuberger Museum

New York Public Library 

National Portrait Gallery 

Corcoran Gallery of Art

 
 
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John's photographs have been featured in various monographs, art books and catalogs as well as in Vanity Fair, Life, Time, Fortune, Esquire, NY Times Magazine, Seventeen, Harper's Bazaar, Popular Photography, US Camera Annual, Natural History Magazine, Interview, and Rolling Stone.