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Identity: A Photographic Meditation From The Inside Out Hardcover – January 1, 2010


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dream Editions Press (2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0970770626
  • ISBN-13: 978-0970770622
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 10.9 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,137,389 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a large, very substantial book on high quality glossy paper.
PT Cruiser
This distinctive book by Stewart Cohen is a work of art, and a tribute, not just to the people included, but to the absolute uniqueness in all of us.
WP
Stewart reminds us that we all have an individual identity that makes up this collective thing we call humanity.
D. Weston Williams

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By John M. Lund on March 17, 2010
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Stewart's book offers compelling glimpses of some extraordinary people. Each portrait is accompanied by a personal note that makes each one all the more fascinating. Some of the subjects are familiar to me, some not, but all have left an enduring impression. I was left wanting more...when is the sequel coming out?

John Lund
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By D. Weston Williams on April 6, 2010
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I have been fortunate to have been exposed to Stewart's work over the years but have not really had the opportunity to spend the time to watch him build a message through a series of images. Luckily, Stewart has done this for all of us in Identity. Stewart has collected in this book a series of pictures of people that span the wide range of the human identity. Each subject is unique - some were born that way and some worked hard to be that way. Look closely at the images, visualize the person, read what they say makes them who they are . . . now step back, breathe, and relate. Stewart reminds us that we all have an individual identity that makes up this collective thing we call humanity. As a side note, I have decided that Neil Young's Greatest Hits make a perfect companion to flipping through and studying Identity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By FCEtier on June 30, 2010
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"What makes you unique as in individual?" was the question posed by Stewart Cohen to each of his subjects. Each subject was asked to write out their answer to that question with a one page limit. Cohen: "I hope these pictures and the subjects' own commentaries provoke thought and sharpen the eye for the stories in their faces."

A very shallow depth of field draws the viewers' attention to features of each subject that provoke questions and smiles. Cohen helps us see the stories written in the lines of experience, expressions of joy, and pride of achievement of each of his subjects, chosen over the ten years of this project. Clever yet thoughtful cropping by the artist draws our attention to the features of the subjects that demand our attention, our empathy and our understanding. We connect with this diverse sampling of humanity in a way not possible in person.

Some of the written responses by the chosen fifty fill their allotted space of one page and others need only a word or two. Often we learn more by what is not written just as we see more of the character of the people by imagining what was cropped out of the image. At least five of the portraits were cropped so that a significant portion of the face was not visible. The first two images presented contrast a Texas entrepreneur with an Oklahoma banker. An extreme closeup of an eighty year old man vs. a much younger art collector provides a memorable character study comparing experience and vanity.

Which is more feminine -- the female impersonator or the Russian ballerina? Who is more dangerous -- the gentle man who is obsessed with the darkest corners of human nature (Dominick Dunne) or "Sonny" Barger of the notorious Oakland chapter of Hell's Angels?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By PT Cruiser TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 11, 2010
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Stewart Cohen has a way of capturing the personality of his characters through this collection of stunning and unique photographs that will keep you captivated for hours. In this beautiful book he has asked each of his subjects to answer the question, "What makes you unique as an individual?" and has printed their responses, in their own handwriting, opposite their photographs. Some are short replies, just a sentence or two long, and some take most of the page. Each one, along with their photograph, gives us a glimpse into their lives that is sometimes surprising, sometimes humorous, always engaging. Cohen does such a great job of capturing the depth of feeling of this group of diverse personalities. There were some black and white photos and others in full color. It's the kind of book that made me think about the people in the pictures and made me want to know more about them.

This is a large, very substantial book on high quality glossy paper. It would make an excellent gift for anyone who enjoys people watching and taking a peek into the lives of both ordinary and famous people.

Some of the personalities captured in this stunning book are ones you'll recognize immediately. Others might seem somewhat familiar and still others unknown to you. One very nice feature is that at the end of the book Cohen shows large thumbnails of each of the photos along with an explanation of who the people are, what they do for a living, or what made them interesting to him. I thought this was a very helpful feature. I became completely absorbed in this book. It's masterpiece that I will treasure.
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