Cook the Books

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Cook’s portraits are usually accompanied by texts distilled from interviews she conducts with her subjects (afterward, she says, because she prefers the shoot itself to remain as meditative as possible). This provides her, and her audience, with a verbal layer of insight not normally accessible to photographers.

In the Los Angeles Review Of Books, Michael Kurcfeld discusses the photography of Mariana Cook, whose portfolio extends far beyond the celebrity portraits she is famous for.


Adam Keller is a Wesleyan graduate currently based in Oakland, California. He's a founding editor of REELYDOPE and used to write for The Argus. More from this author →