Vol. 1, Issue 1
17 October, 1999

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Editor, filmmaker, photographer, and poet, Ira Cohen was born in 1935. The child of deaf parents, he learned to spell on his fingers at the age of one.

Cohen is the founder of numerous ground-breaking movements and reviews such as the Akashic Record, the Starstreams Poetry Series (Kathmandu), and the Universal Mutant Repertory Company (when he became known as "The Father of Mylar Photography"): he has also worked as contributing editor of publications such as Ins and Outs (Amsterdam), Ignite (New York), the NY Black Book, and Nexus (Dayton, Ohio). Selected volumes of his poetry have been published in Holland (The Stauffenberg Cycle and Other Poems), in Oracle, Arizona ( On Feet of Gold, Synergetic Press ) and England (Media Shamans Ratio 3 with Gerard Malanga and Angus MacLise}, as well as countless audio and CD recordings of performances with diverse artistic collaborators including Paul Bowles, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs and Jack Smith. His photographs have been used on various record covers including Jimi Hendrix, John McLaughlin, Pharoah Sanders and other covers for Bill Laswell at Axiom Records.

In the realm of visual art, his portrait photography depicts subjects from North Africa to India and the Himalayas to Ethiopia. His work has been exhibited extensively at various institutions including ART (New York), the October Gallery (London), the Gallery of Photography (Dublin), and the TB Institute (Tokyo). Photographs have been published in The London Sunday Times, Avant Garde, LIFE magazine, Facade (Paris), to cite only a few. Among his film and video productions are The Invasion of Thunderbolt Pagoda (1968; to be screened at the Whitney Museum on October 30th, 1999), Paradise Now in Amerika with the Living Theatre., and the 1998 video documentary Kings with Straw Mats (Mystic Fire Video; shown at the July 1999 1st Annual CrossPathCulture Film Festival, New York ).

Currently available, Minbad Sinbad- a collection of prose pieces on Morocco (in French, published by Didier Devillez, Brussels, 1998), The Majoon Traveler CD including poetry and music with Cheb-i-Sabbah (Sub Rosa, Brussels), Jilala CD- Moroccan trance music (Baraka Records, New York) and Kaliban und Andere Gedichte (AltaQuito Press, Gottingen, Germany).


Bone Whistle
Bombay Black
Unfinished Poem

Bhodi Dancer, Southern Ethiopia 1986
Bhodi Girls, Southern Ethiopia 1986
Hangin Loose Bhodi Style, Southern Ethiopia 1986
Two Abyssinian Maids, Souther Ethiopia 1986