- 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: #3,724,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Identity: A Photographic Meditation From The Inside Out Hardcover – 2010
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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?Read more ›
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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A picture is worth a thousand words, and a picture of a person is worth a thousand words about them. Read morePublished on July 8, 2010 by Midwest Book Review
Stewart Cohen's "Identity" bills itself as a "photographic meditation" and I am sure it impresses all the hoity-toity, fru-fru, artistic types. Read morePublished on April 28, 2010 by Irving Freeman
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. Read morePublished on April 24, 2010 by WP