Lynne Cohen – Occupied Territory
- In 1987 Aperture published Lynne Cohen’s first monograph, Occupied Territory, an exploration of space as simulated experience—idealized and standardized.
In 1987 Aperture published Lynne Cohen’s first monograph, Occupied Territory, an exploration of space as simulated experience—idealized and standardized. Now, Aperture is pleased to release an expanded, reissue, making Cohen’s pioneering work available to a contemporary audience and situating her within the lineage of Lewis Baltz, Stephen Shore, and other widely celebrated Topographic photographers.
During the ’70s and ’80s, Cohen turned her view-camera toward classrooms, science laboratories, testing facilities, waiting rooms, and other interior spaces where function triumphs over aesthetics. In cool, functional offices, futuristic reception areas, lifeless party rooms, and escapist motel rooms, Cohen surveys a society of surface, contradiction, and social engineering. The occasional decoration added in attempts at individualism only serve to amplify their uniformity. In her hands, clouds peel off walls and forest glades invade indoor tennis courts. Cohen records the world’s ready-made sculptures, waiting to be framed by the photograph.
This edition includes a new text by Britt Salvesen, and fifteen unpublished images from the book’s original time period, encouraging a reexamination of Cohen’s deft exploration of Topographic seeing.