Nadia Lee Cohen’s New Book Is a Kaleidoscope of Personas

Nadia Lee Cohen was one of the most prolific image-makers of 2021. Born in London but now based in Los Angeles, the artist released her first book Women last year.
A compilation of contemporary womanhood created over a period of six years, the work was published by Idea and bound in gold cloth featuring 100 cinematic portraits.
Today, Nadia Lee Cohen releases her second book, Hello My Name Is …, an amorphous and eccentric exploration where the photographer transforms into 33 different characters. Each, inspired by name badges belonging to unknown individuals that she’s collected over the years, utilizes an extensive process of transformation; styling, hair, make-up, and prosthetics. Lee even goes so far as to collect objects for each persona, concocting them into fully realized characters. Jackie, the shaggy-haired Barbara Streisand fan; Mrs. Fisher, the floral-ensconced British royalist; and Jeff, the stout and Nixon-supporting cowboy. Martin Parr and Paul Reubens provide texts for the book, published in a limited edition of 1,000 copies.

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