training and work
At some time started at art academy Sint Joost, but finished higher education with the subjects recreation and planning at the Nederlands Wetenschappelijk Instituut voor Toerisme and Recreatie (Dutch Scientific Institute for Tourism, now called BUAS – Breda University of Applied Sciences).
Later I trained at the Schrijversvakschool (Writers Vocational School) in Amsterdam and did courses at the Fotovakschool (Photo Vocational School) and with master-bookbinder Henk Francino at Deventer. After having worked for a number of years as coordinator of the Vrijwilligerscentrale (Volunteer Centre) at Apeldoorn I started for myself as textwriter pr & information.
My current art practice consists of photography, text and handbound books. As photographer I look for stillness and beauty. This work can also be considered to be a plea for attention to apparently simple things that are all around us: forms, structures, lighting. “You do not need the things / so that you can see / the things need you / so that they can be seen” K. Schippers wrote in Liefdesgedicht. (Jij hebt de dingen niet nodig / om te kunnen zien / De dingen hebben jou nodig / om gezien te kunnen worden K. Schippers, Een leeuwerik boven een weiland. Amsterdam, Querido, 1980)
Gradually photo series grew; among others ‘my house’, ‘the water and the opposite side’, architecture, glass and ceramics, circles and trees. Books and book-like objects form part of my work.
Music is important, to be seen in photos of series of musical instruments, combined with texts I write about these instruments, and music returns in another way in organizing the Gele Huis-concerts.
I am a member of BBK, Beroepsvereniging van Beeldend Kunstenaars (Professional Association of Fine Artists)
Co-organizer of carillon-concerts, together with the 'city-carilloneur Henry Groen, jury member for the Louise de Brauw prize, anual prize for a local volunteer project at Apeldoorn, volunteer at Podium Gigant, arthouse movie theatre, co-organizer of CODA-café in CODA Museum, secretary of the Wilhelmina Foundation. Just now: editor for Memorial stones at Apeldoorn.
All photos and texts have been produced by Anja Cohen, unless otherwise stated.
All rights reserved. No photographic images and texts on this website may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without permission in writing of anja cohen | foto's en teksten
concept – anja cohen | foto’s en teksten, met dank aan Marja van Putten, Arttrust, voor het meedenken over de indeling, www.marjavanputten.nl/
technische realisatie – Kevin Wijnbergen, https://quist-ict.nl/
english translation - Henk Francino
ontwerp logo RA – Josse de Bruijne, www.jossedebruijne.com