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John Cohen

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Born in New York City in 1932, John Cohen is a filmmaker, artist, musician, and photographer. From the mid 1950s to the early 60s, Cohen documented some of the –now historical– moments in the emerging art world in New York: gallery happenings, the abstract expressionist scene, and Bob Dylan’s arrival in the city. He also worked with legendary photographer Robert Frank during his filming for Pull My Daisy. Cohen has also been greatly influential in the world of American folk music. As a founding member of the band The New Lost City Ramblers in 1958, he was the driving force for the field’s revival and recovery of public appreciation. His cross-disciplinary body of work has been acknowledged in a wide range of fields, and his photographs are in major museum collections, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn; the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington DC; the Museum of Modern Art, New York; the National Portrait Gallery, Washington DC; and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, UK. John Cohen lives and works in New York City.

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