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"As the mechanisms and methods of communications continue to evolve, so does the concept of distance." And so begins the epilogue.

CONTACT LENS showcases select environmental portrait work from Gary Joseph Cohen's ramblings around China, Korea, Tibet and the US. The deliberate double-page pairings of portraits propose what-if encounters between complete strangers, with implicit and/or explicit affinities and dissonances charging the atmosphere.

The images in this tome span roughly from 2008 to 2010, and are the manifestation of a rapid expansion and contraction of time, place and space (geographical and personal). Front and back covers, as well as title page, were designed by international artist Sinji MaYa Jung.

For more information on the artist, please visit:


About the Author

Gary Joseph Cohen
gjcohen Manhattan, NY
Gary Joseph Cohen is a photographer, media artist, writer and teacher living in Manhattan, NY. His work has been published in numerous journals and magazines, including: The Pinch Journal; Blue Earth Review; World Vision Magazine (China); Isotope: A Journal of Literary Nature and Science Writing; Parthenon West Review; Best New Poets 2005 and 2006; and elsewhere. In 2003 he served as The Badlands National park Artist-in-Residence, and was a Vermont Studio Center fellow in 2000 for drawing and painting. Cohen’s ongoing body of work “Contact Lens” is quintessentially social and documentary in nature, with a lean towards folklore. The intimate collision between person and place, and the impulse to bear witness to this angular dance, runs like a rhizome beneath the surface of his work. He teaches media arts, poetry and social justice to high school students at The Calhoun School in Manhattan. For more information and/or to contact the artist, please visit :

Comments (13)


cookieholmes says

You inspire me...congratulations on a wonderful book & images, I can't wait to see the next one! Bravo!

posted at 05:45am Sep 03 PST


barberelli says

Such interesting characters you've met! The cover is extremely cute, too!

posted at 06:03am Aug 29 PST


mwfoster says

GJC, your images take my breath away - absolutely stunning ~ !

posted at 11:28am Aug 02 PST


mwfoster says

GJC, your images take my breath away - absolutely stunning ~ !

posted at 11:28am Aug 02 PST


mwfoster says

GJC, your images take my breath away.....absolutely stunning ~ !

posted at 11:27am Aug 02 PST


mayajung says

Nobody can see the world like this! He ties all the strangers into the one big family through his contact lens. Beautiful family album this is!

posted at 06:24pm Nov 07 PST


redtreeme says

Your work is brilliant, I am so so glad to have this opportunity to vote for you.

posted at 01:56pm Aug 19 PST

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