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    1970-02-04 Ira Cohen's loft, New York

    Monday 4 February 1970, Ira Cohen's loft, Jefferson Street, New York City
    Mike Jeffery organised this photo session for Jimi, Noel and Mitch. Unknown what was the exact purpose envisioned, but obviously to do with their prospective reunion as the Jimi Hendrix Experience again.
    Ira Cohen seems to have specialised in ‘hallucinatory’ effect photos using his Mylar chamber (distorting flexible mirrors). None of the photos were used, presumably because the reunion never happened.

    The Guardian: “Photographer and poet Ira Cohen spent the early 1960s in Tangier, Morocco, where he lived and worked with William S Burroughs and Paul Bowles. He is renowned for his Mylar Chamber images, in which he photographed Jimi Hendrix and others in his New York loft apartment. Cohen died last month [April 2011] at the age of 76.”

    Walker Arts Center: “Working as a publisher, poet, filmmaker, and photographer, Ira Cohen was at the center of a creative generation that included the Beats, Jimi Hendrix, and Jack Smith, among others. Cohen photographed the downtown New York social scene of the 1960s, straying from the conventions of portraiture by capturing his subjects’ reflections in a Mylar chamber that he assembled in his loft. Cohen’s warped portraits of individuals such as William Burroughs and Alejandro Jodorowsky channel the spirit of that aesthetic circuit while bringing a psychedelic sensibility to a medium conventionally reserved for mimesis. In the 1970s, Cohen took his camera out of his Mylar chamber and went into the world, maintaining his interest in the members of his New York milieu while also focusing on the people of South Asia.”

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