n°219/ Ira Cohen

May 2017

by Nathalie Azoulai

One could be surprised such a man lived for so long, from 1935 to 2011, somehow a feat if you watch at his pictures and read about the places Ira Cohen chose to stop by for w while. Wild places such asTangier in the 1960s, Kathmandu and Amsterdam in the 70s, before going back to New York where he came from. His Mylar style photographs, major influences and acquaintances do reveal that his main creative process was on drugs. Cohen designs a world where shapes are soft, colors shaded off, perspectives distorted. Sometimes you may think of Delacroix, sometimes of Dali. It's not only about being high, it's also about being inspiring.

 Ira Cohen