“You can make these pictures anywhere.” —Photographer Mark Cohen
Cohen has lived in Wilkes-Barre, a “down-on-its-luck small city in northeast Pennsylvania,” for 69 years, where he ran a photo studio and raised his family. In between photographing portraits and weddings, he walked around the city and took pictures, but there wasn’t much of a market for the work and he had a family to support, so he stuck to his day job. Now, he wouldn’t have it any other way:
He lives in a 4,000-square-foot house and now feels that staying put allowed him to produce better work.
“If I came to New York City and started horsing around and getting in long aesthetic discussions with professors of art, or hanging out with artists at the Cedar Bar? It would have been incredibly distracting.”