About Jeff Cowen

"There is nothing casual about a photograph for me. It is a balance. It must seem effortless and have a fabulous simplicity about it and at the same time it must have this mysterious complexity."

Jeff Cowen (1966) was born in New York City, and he currently lives and works in Berlin. Upon graduation in Oriental Studies as from New York University and Waseda University in Tokyo in 1988, he worked as an assistant to Ralph Gibson and Larry Clark, as he photographed intensively on the streets of New York.

Cowen’s artistic approach was influenced and altered by his study of drawing and painting. He works with the figure, landscape, abstraction and still life. The artist is interested in what he calls the non-moment, the point in time just before or after something has happened.

Cowen is constantly testing the boundaries between photography, painting, drawing and sculpture. He works on thick silver based paper, which he cuts, collages and attacks with various chemicals and specialized darkroom techniques.

Over one hundred collections and institutions around the world have acquired Cowen’s work.

Jeff Cowen participates regularly in art fairs such as Art Basel, Art Cologne, Art Bologna, Arco, Photo Espana, LaArt Fair, Art Paris and others. His work was exhibited at the Grand Palais in Paris fall 2012.

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