23 Striking And Surreptitious Photos Capture Street Scenes Of Pennsylvania In The 1970s

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Mark Cohen is an American photographer best known for his innovative close-up street photography. For years, on the streets of his home city, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, and surrounding working-class towns, Cohen shot quickly and assertively. He held his flash in one hand and his camera in the other and shot extremely close to his subjects, frequently focusing on a single body part or article of clothing. He never looked through his viewfinder to compose the frame. Here: People on Porch, 65, 63, 1977

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Three Boys Posing, 1975

“If you’re very close to people and someone takes a swing at you, you don’t want to have your head behind a viewfinder because you can’t be aware of the situation,” Mark told Slate.

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Girl with Bat and Ball, 1977

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Woman with Red Lips Smoking, 1975

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Woman by Steps with Bag, 1974

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Boy with Chain

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Man in Red Shirt in Car with Baby, 1977

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Woman in Scarf, 1975

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ine Street School, Hazelton, 1977

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Two Boys and Open Car, 1977

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Improvised Beach, 1975

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Inner Tube and Toys on Porch, 1977

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Legs and Boy in Pool, 1977

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Young Limbs, 1981

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Boy in Yellow Shirt Smoking, 1977

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Flashed Boy in Blue Jacket With Six Shooter, 1974

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Girl and Man at Road, 1975

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Girl Holding Blackberries, 1975

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One Red Glove, 1975

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Small Hand by Yellow Shirt, 1975

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Karate Stance, 1977

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Family Walking, 1977

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