Cohen~Lynne – ‘Nothing is Hidden’*
Artist: Lynne Cohen Author: A. Thomas, J. Diski & L. Cohen Publisher: Steidl Year: 2012 ISBN: 978-3-86930-449-6 Hardcover, 172 pages, English, 32 x 26.5 cm. Condition: NEW Scotiabank Photography Award winner 2011
“I feel as if the world can’t be like it is. It seems full of finished works of art.” (Lynne Cohen) Nothing is Hidden features both well-known and recent unpublished works by acclaimed Canadian photographer Lynne Cohen (*1944). She began her journey in photography in the early 1970's focusing on the strangeness and contradictions of the everyday world. The book shows the consistency and depth with which she has mined her chosen theme of uninhabited domestic and institutional interior spaces. Depicting formally and not so formally arranged uncanny interiors, Cohen’s photographs are sometimes wryly humorous, sometimes bleak, and frequently both. Each piece of her collection shows unstaged reality that at times appears to be surreal. From the inside bunker of a paintball facility to the calming baths of a spa each photograph brings an element of how we live. Her vision is informed by a profound feeling for the mystery in the ordinary, what is on the surface but out of sight.
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