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Jano Cohen

Jano Cohen, emerging amateur fine art and documentary photographer, lives and works in the Philadelphia area. Her work is infused with an esthetic that derives partially from her careers in dance, The Alexander Technique and Tai Chi, and partially from having been the daughter of an exhibiting artist, Harold Cohen.  Her photographic training began in 2011 with online courses and private lessons.  She has already had many opportunities to show her work.  She received the 13th prize from The Photo Review International Competition for a show at Gallery 1401 in Philadelphia. In early 2017, her solo show, “A Close Look Inside James Shuler Memorial Boxing Gym”, was held at The Open Lens Gallery at The Gershman Y in Philadelphia through a competition held by The Philadelphia Photo Arts Center.  She received an honorable mention in the 2017 Monochrome Awards.  In 2015 she was a finalist in five categories of the 7th Pollux Awards and was invited to exhibit five photographs in the 2016 4th Biennial of Fine Art and Documentary Photography in Berlin, Germany. In 2015 one photograph was accepted into the Open Lens juried exhibit at DaVinci Art Alliance in Philadephia.  In 2015 one photograph was accepted into the Fotofoto Gallery juried exhibit in Huntington, NY. In 2012 she was invited by Asian Arts Initiative (AAI) to document the community living and working in Philadelphia’s Chinatown.  A slideshow of these photographs was exhibited at the AAI Gallery in conjunction with a show by photojournalist Corky Lee. For her first documentary project she was invited by Rebecca Davis Dance Company in December, 2011 to travel to Rwanda to document two dance projects. – one on water conservation and safety and the other on street children learning to dance. Her photographs were used to create a website that would serve to raise money for scholarships to boarding school. From 2012 to the present she has exhibited in many un-juried shows at Art on Avenue of the States in Chester, PA. Jano holds a B.A. in dance from Bennington College and an M.F.A. in dance from Temple University.