Mariana Cook


MARIANA COOK is a fine art photographer whose work is held in numerous private and museum collections, including The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Museum of Modern Art, New York City; The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles;  Museum of Fine Arts, Boston;  Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Bibliothèque Nationale and Musée d’Art Moderne, Paris; and the National Portrait Gallery, Washington, DC, among others.

Ten books of her work have been published, including the best-selling Fathers and Daughters (1994) and the most recent, Justice: Faces of the Human Rights Revolution (2013). Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries was her first book of landscapes, which was released in 2011 with much acclaim.

She continues to work with black-and-white film and make gelatin silver prints. She is the last protégée of Ansel Adams.


Financial Times Magazine, February 14, 2014, “Jasper Johns: Regrets belong to everybody, don’t they?” Portrait of Jasper Johns.

So Little Time, Green Writers Press, 2013.

The Kenyon Review, Fall/Winter/Spring/Summer covers from Stone Walls, 2013.

Cell Press, June 6, 2013, Portrait of Francois Jacob.

The New Yorker, April 5, 2013, “Faces of Justice”, blog.

Hello World: Where Design Meets Life. Rawsthorn, Alice. London: Hamish Hamilton, 2013. Four images from Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries.

The New Yorker, May 21, 2012, Postscript, “Wild Things by Mariana Cook”, Maurice Sendak

The International Herald Tribune, October 9, 2011, “Dazzling Ingenuity of the Dry Stone Wall”, Culture Section, three images from Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries.

The New York Review of Books, September 29, 2011, “Stony Places”, blog and slideshow.

The New York Times, August 14, 2011, “There Can Be Beauty in Barriers”, Arts & Leisure Section, five images from Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries.

The New Yorker, January 19, 2009, “Profile by Mariana Cook: A Couple in Chicago”, Barack and Michelle Obama.

Smithsonian Magazine, November 2005, “35 Who Made a Difference: Edward O. Wilson.”

Update: New York Academy of Sciences Magazine, September/October 2005, Cover photograph of Miriam Rothschild, “Humanizing Scientists in Black & White”, pp. 8-11, and “Classic Discoveries in Visual Perception”, pp. 12-15.

The Guardian, August 18, 2005, Cover photograph, Life section, “Meet Your Heroes”, pp. 5-8.

Los Angeles Times Book Review, Sunday, March 4, 2001, Cover photograph of James Merrill.

Telegraph Magazine, 1999, p. 42-47 “Leaps of Faith” Fiammetta Rocco.

Vital, July 1998, pp. 46-49, “Frauen-Geschichten” Monika Schiffer.

L’Express, Paris, June 11, 1998, “Cioran et le Mouvement de Paris”, Angelo Rinaldi.

American Photo, New York, May/June 1998, Photographs of: Hans P. Kraus, Jr., Pierre Apraxine, and Adam Fuss.

New York Daily News, May 12, 1996, pp. 4-5, “Sunday Spotlight.”

New York Times Magazine, May 5, 1996, pp. 56-59, “Mothers and Sons.”

Glamour, May 1996, p.96, “Books.”

German Vogue, May 1996, pp. 90-92, “Komplizen Im Herzen: Die Familienpsychogramme der Fotografin Mariana Cook.”

Weltwoche Supplement, April 1996, pp. 29-32, “Muttersohne, Vatertochter.”

The New Yorker, October 16, 1995, p. 54, “Life of a House.”
Lire, May 1995, pp. 39, 70-71, “Cioran” and “Deux destins solitaires.”

The Yale Review, Summer issue 1995, pp. 28-36, “Eight Portraits.”
Sky, June 1995, pp 88-95.

The New Yorker, June 20, 1994, p. 24.

People Magazine, June 20,1994, p. 27, “Picks & Pans.”

Los Angeles Times Magazine, June 19,1994, pp. 20-25, “Fathers & Daughters.”

Glamour, June 1994, p. 144, “Pin-up Papas.”

The Washingtonian, June 1994, pp. 62-65, “Fathers and Daughters.”

Mirabella, May 1994, pp. 36-41, “Patriarch Games.”

Amphoto, 1994, p. 135 “Right Brain Left Brain Photography”, Kathryn Marx, portrait of Carlos Fuentes and daughter.

Six postcards of authors printed by Fotofolio, NYC, 1993.

National Portrait Gallery, 1992, Katharine Graham photo, invitation.

New York Magazine, January 6, 1992, Peter Carey photo.

New York Times Book Review, March 1, 1992, Marguerite Yourcenar.

APERTURE #114, Spring 1989, p. 31, “Self and Shadow.”

APERTURE, NY, “Ellis Island” 1989, pp. 90-92.

Agni Review, “Mentors and Tormentors”, Volume 26, Boston, 1988, “Writer’s portraits.”

Fiction Magazine, Vol. 8, No. 2 & 3, 1988, cover photo.

Interview Magazine, Vol. XVIII, No. 8, 1988 (Lillian Hellman photo).

Amphoto, New York, “Photography for the Art Market”, p. 33, 1988 (Portrait of Diego Giacometti) Kathryn Marx.

Rolling Stone, Paris, 1988, Portrait of Emmanuel Dreuilhe.

Self-Portrait in the Age of Photography”, Musee cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Lausanne, 1985, p. 50, Erika Billeter.

Close at Hand

“In a bold departure from her portraiture, acclaimed photographer Mariana Cook turns her eye to overlooked surroundings found close at hand. Cook set herself the task of making one photograph every day. The resulting work is a tribute to the art of looking closely. It is a celebration of form and transformation, a warm and thankful awareness of the world around us. It is impossible to resist these intimate images – a single egg, bands of light on a carpeted floor, a child’s feet in the sand – or to remain unaffected by the subtle poignancy of the familiar made mysterious. Unadorned and pure, these pictures offer a welcome respite from the cacophony of our restless, distracted, too busy lives. They remind us to slow down, take note, and breathe.”— from the BOOK JACKET.

Mariana Cook’s photographs make us consider actuality and apparition, being and becoming: the great stillness and motions to the world. By making us focus and see with clarity and intensity, her photographs give us a renewed sense of the miraculous.

-Arthur Sze

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