the brink, in conjunction with the 12th Annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival, was fortunate this month to share photographic works from the archives of JOHN COHEN…
“Through photography, John Cohen documented one of the most transformative eras in American arts. From the Beat film “Pull My Daisy” and gallery Happenings by early performance artists, to young Bob Dylan’s arrival in New York and Abstract Expressionist gatherings at the Cedar Bar, Cohen was present to record what are now historical events in the late 1950’s and early 60’s.”
“Beyond the United States, Cohen traveled extensively to Peru, driven by a fascination for the weaving, music and lifestyle of the native Andean population.”
“Additionally, Cohen is well known and has been greatly influential in the world of American folk music. He was a founding member of the band, The New Lost City Ramblers, in 1958, and served as a driving force for the revival and appreciation of folk music. In his quest to follow the music roots he visited Appalachia to witness, film, and record a vanishing generation of musicians and singers. Cohen continues to perform regularly.”
The Library of Congress acquired his archive in 2011 and he is represented by L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, New York.
All photos are Copyright John Cohen and courtesy of L. Parker Stephenson Photographs, NYC