Gary Joseph Cohen's "before you go..." is part photographic peregrination, and part elegy, manifested from covering more than 10,000 miles in the USA and abroad. Spanning seven years of environmental portraiture from Cohen's ongoing Contact Lens Endeavor, the book ricochets between documentary and lyrical impulses, generating an artifact of our shared and sovereign experiences.
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 : www.garyjosephcohen.com