Intense Narratives

Nadia Lee Cohen

The photography of 23-year-old Nadia Lee Cohen (b. 1990) is a step back into the glamour and cinematic glory of Hollywood. She is a graduate of the London College of Fashion, inspired by the films of Alfred Hitchcock, David Lynch, Quentin Tarantino and Stanley Kubrick and by the work of William Eggleston and Cindy Sherman, whose images are a kaleidoscope of colour, tension and visual narratives. Each photograph uncovers a character paused in action, as if stuck in the middle of a dramatic sequence or even ordinary daily routines. The props and scenery are as central to the compositions as the models and their clothes, reflecting the photographer’s love of second-hand shops and flea markets. Being compared with the likes of Alex Prager and Miles Aldridge, as well as being selected for the National Portrait Gallery’s Taylor Wessing Photography Prize in 2012, Cohen is finding that her enthralling shots are gaining momentum and attracting significant and critical acclaim. The following images are an overview of her portfolio.