Grim Street by Mark Cohen

There’s nothing quite like making a splash on the art scene and Mark Cohen did that by announcing his presence to the world in 1973 with a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA).

It staked out his claim to be the new king of street photography and his ability to progress the scene from its 60s heritage into the modern era. 


Why We Love Grim Street

There’s nothing better than street photography that captures an era of a place and this is Americana writ large. 

Cohen is every bit as influential as Robert Frank or Weegee and deservedly so. 

Grim Street by Mark Cohen

Each image in this collection is somehow confrontational and yet, respectful and serene. 

He says that this was his “grab shots” portfolio, by which he means photos taken on the spur of the moment in the streets of his home town, Wilkes-Barre.

It’s fantastic how much humanity and connection this brings to every photograph. 


Final Thoughts On Grim Street

If you’re looking to develop your street photography or just want to admire the work of a master, Grim Street is essential reading and for everybody else? It’s highly recommended. 

Not all streets are grim, though some are in Vivian Maier: Street Photographer, Bruce Davidson’s Subway and Jeff Mermelstein’s Sidewalk. 

You can grab a copy online here.

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