Lynne Cohen is an internationally recognized artist who for thirty years developed a photographic practice based on an examination of the artificial and its psychological, social, intellectual, and political manifestations. Since the early 1970s, Cohen has been using a view camera to photograph “found” interior spaces, always empty of occupants, which the works’ titles usually do not specifically identify. Over the years, interiors and public or semi-public places—skating rinks, dance halls, hotel lobbies, men’s clubs—have given way to more complex, less readily accessible environments, such as classrooms, science laboratories or military installations. Whatever the (sometimes ominous) nature of the places pictured, the artist underscores the humour, artifice and illusion that lie therein, documenting her fascination with how ″the world echoes art.”

Portait of Lynne Cohen.
Photo: courtesy of Andrew Lugg