Mark Cohen – Dark Knees, recommended by Tiane Doan na Champassak

Dark Knees is simply my favorite photobook of 2013. We finally have an edition that does justice to this underrated and uncompromising photographer as his previous books are rather disappointing. This is street photography at it’s best and by flipping the pages we can almost smell and touch the very ordinary things Mark Cohen photographed exclusively in his environment (Pennsylvania). His aggressive way of shooting, by being so close to people with a wide-angle lens and flash , works perfectly and surprisingly never feels intrusive. I personally feel he is one of the most original photographers having worked on the “indecisive” moments of everyday life. As for the form of the book, it is spot on. The layout is brilliant. The rhythm in the sequencing, with the odd colour photograph coming and going is so refreshing. The printing is gorgeous with extremely matte black and white photographs and an extra coating on the colour photographs.”

French photographer of Asian descent, Tiane Doan na Champassak was first recognized for his documentary work (Agence Vu) before exploring a more artistic approach. His photography is driven by a fascination for gender identity issues, revealing a decidedly aesthetic sensibility. For each body of work, print or publication, he seeks out the most appropriate techniques, materials and formats. In 2011, he self-published two books employing vernacular photography found online and in 2012 he published Tantra, The Father of Pop Dance and Spleen and Ideal.

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Dark Knees can be purchased here.