Giving away your collection with the collection catalogue

dangerous women“I started buying snapshots and vernacular photos, almost twenty-five years ago,” writes New York collector Peter Cohen. “Since then I’ve amassed a substantial collection. I always bought what I liked . . . I hope that the images on this site will be enjoyed by yet a larger group of people.”

dangerous women2Three years ago, Cohen went even further, publishing an unassuming volume of snapshots entitled Dangerous Women (Pittsburgh: Spaces Corners, 2013. Marquand Library N7433.4.C375 C64 2013). Not only can you enjoy images from his personal collection but slipped into the middle of each book, in a tiny glassine envelope, is an individual photograph. Buy the book and you get part of the actual collection.

dangerous women1Next month, the eclectic journal Esopus (Marquand NX460.E86Q) will include over 100 anonymous and vernacular photographs from Cohen’s collection. We are all welcome at the issue’s launch party on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 at the Museum of Modern Art or simply cross the plaza to Marquand Library to enjoy it.