No Man's Land.

Photographs by Lynne Cohen. Text by Ann Thomas.
Thames & Hudson, London, 2001. 160 pp., 120 duotone and color illustrations, 10¾x11".

We need a good deal of persuading that environments as extraordinary as these actually exist in the real world. But they do, and for thirty years Lynne Cohen has been searching them out and recording there. No Man's Land brings together more than 100 of the most powerful of these images in both duotone and color from the 1970s up to the present day. Cohen began as a sculptor, but in 1971 turned to photography. Her work has certain affinities with Marcel Duchamp's ready-males in that she collects fragments of the real world photographically and turns them into found installations. Her fascination with synthetic materials adds a further distancing coldness to these disturbing images. Cohen's photography has always been concerned with psychological, sociological, intellectual and political artifice and her later pictures reveal a preoccupation with deception, manipulation and control. These are images that force us to ask ourselves what kind of world we have made. No Man's Land includes a critique of Cohen's work by photographic curator Ann Thomas; an interview with the photographer; and a preface by Pierre Theberge and by William A. Ewing, author of the best-selling The Body.

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