© 2008 Alexander Cohn, The Bay City Times, The Birmingham News, The Gainesville Sun, The Valley News, The Monroe Evening News
Alexander Cohn is a Concord-based photographer specializing in editorial coverage in northern New England. A New Hampshire photographer, I am a 2006 graduate of the University of Missouri master’s program in journalism and have worked in newspapers around the country. I am available for assignments in New Hampshire, Vermont, the Boston area and throughout New England of the United States and Canada or wherever thoughtful images are needed. Concord, New Hampshire is centrally located in central New Hampshire, one hour north of Boston and accessible to several large cities such as Portland, Maine, Manchester, New Hampshire and Boston, Massachussetts. I use Canon and Leica 35mm equipment and am comfortable photographing a variety of assignments and subjects. I am interested in American culture, socio-economic trends, and health issues facing Americans. I am also available for editing needs and wedding photography. As a master’s project I delved into the photo archives of the Birmingham News, trying to get a better understanding of how the newspaper covered the civil rights movement in their own community and around the region. Along the way I worked with the paper in publishing more than eighty of the more beautiful, poignant, telling, and content-rich images from a difficult era in the city’s history. I prepared and curated an accompanying gallery show of twenty-five images. The paper’s website received more than one million hits in the week after the section was printed and the gallery show hung for six months at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute before traveling on the Birmingham Public Library, the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka, Kansas and in the lobby of the newspaper’s new headquarters. Born in Georgia and raised in Alabama, I was interested in the archaeology of colonial Virginia and Medieval History while attending the University of Virginia. Finding jobs in archaeology scarce I moved to Washington, DC and found temporary work at the National Geographic Society. After opening envelopes for the National Geography Bee, assisting the purchasing department and expediting the distribution of home videos I found my calling as a researcher and general assistant in the Book Division. In two years I worked on more than twenty books, researching such diverse topics as checking the lengths of all eight-hundred-plus species of birds found in North America, the generation of power from wind and geothermal sources, mid-twentieth century photographic techniques and the mitochondrial DNA of the Alaskan Brown Bear. I also designed mailers and newsletters, acted as photo editor for the "National Geographic Expeditions Atlas" and compiled facts and quotes for an accompanying traveler’s journal. Shortly before leaving the Book Division to begin architecture school one of my images was selected for use as a chapter lead in the book “Heart of a Nation.” With that image’s publication, my first, I decided that making pictures was more exciting than designing buildings. A few months later I took my first photo class at the Corcoran School of Art and then at the Salt Institute for Documentary Studies. Living in Maine I assisted local commercial photographers, learning about tabletop and interior lighting as well as large and medium format photography. Following an internship at the Niagara Gazette I took a job at a small daily on the south side of Atlanta. The experience prepared me for graduate school and for future internships, like those at the Monroe (Michigan) Evening News, the Birmingham (Alabama) News, the Valley News (covering Vermont and New Hampshire) and the Gainesville (Florida) Sun. As news coverage continues to evolve and more web-based applications are sought, skills like multimedia production will play a larger role in how news stories are communicated. Combining sound and images, individuals can more easily convey their story, allowing readers to hear their story in their own words. I enjoy making audio slideshows combining my images with audio I have collected to better tell stories and give them deeper impact and more resonance. I enjoy rock climbing, though I find myself doing it less and less, mountain biking, whitewater paddling, and road and trail running. I hope to complete a marathon in the fall of 2007 and rock climb or mountain climb in a nineteenth or twentieth state (Washington, Wyoming?). I love watching movies and have published film reviews. I am still amazed when musicians can hold my attention for hours at a time with as little visual stimulus as possible and wish my nine years as a choir boy could have given me some of those skills. Concord, New Hampshire, photojournalist, New Hampshire photojournalist, photojournalism, photographer, photo, photography, New Hampshire wedding photographer - Alexander Cohn provides documentary or journalistic wedding photography in New England at affordable prices.