L'oeil de la Photographie
Lifeline
2 June 2017
L'oeil de la Photographie

Selections from Mariana Cook's recent exhibition Lifeline (Ivorypress, Madrid) presented on L'oeil de la Photographie. Ivorypress has also published the book Lifeline that ocntains all the images in the exhibition with an introduction by the world-renowned poet Jorie Graham. 

Architectural Digest
Los imprescindibles de PHotoESPAÑA 2017
31 May 2017

Review of Mariana Cook's "Lifeline" exhibition: "El trabajo fotográfico que ahora trae a Madrid la galería de Elena Foster es de una delicadeza sublime, casi mística, que por momentos parece actualizar las mejores cualidades de un bodegón de Zurbarán. No se la pierdan."

L'oeil de la Photographie
Mariana Cook: Photographs
16 January 2017
L'oeil de la Photographie

L'oeil de la Photographie features her latest exhibition entitled "Mariana Cook: Photographs" curated by Patricia Schulte and on view until February 18, 2017.

The New York Times
Obama's American Idea
1 August 2016
The New York Times

Portrait of Michelle & Barack Obama

Trending on The New Yorker
#1 on "Our Thirty Most Popular"
12 May 2016
Trending on The New Yorker

Mariana Cook's interview and portrait of Barack and Michelle Obama was recently trending as the #1 article on The New Yorker's "Our Thirty Most Popular" section.

 

"The Obamas: A Couple in Chicago" by Mariana Cook was originally published on January 19, 2009 in The New Yorker.

The New York Times
The Way Things Work
1 March 2015
The New York Times

Mariana Cook's portrait of Jorie Graham featured in The New York Times Book Review.

T Magazine
Portrait of Philip Johnson and David Whitney
15 February 2015
T Magazine

Mariana Cook's portrait of Philip Johnson and David Whitney, published as the lead image in a T Magazine article "Philip Johnson's Not Glass Houses."

Libération
Portrait of Maryam Mirzakhani
15 August 2014
Libération

Portrait of Maryam Mirzakhani taken by Mariana Cook is featured in the French newspaper Libération. Mirzakhani is the first woman to ever receive the Fields Medal.

Financial Times Magazine
Portrait of Jasper Johns
14 February 2014
Financial Times Magazine

Mariana Cook's portrait of Jasper Johns featured in Financial Times Magazine.

Brain Pickings
Faces of Justice: Mariana Cook's Portraits of Human Rights Leaders
27 June 2013
Brain Pickings

By Maria Popova

“Peering through the camera lens, I hoped to gain an understanding of how they become so devoted to the rights and dignity of others.”

On the heels of Aung San Suu Kyi’s timeless wisdom on freedom from fear comes Justice: Faces of the Human Rights Revolution (public library) by New-York-based photographer Mariana Cook — who gave us this heart-warming portrait of Maurice Sendak and his dog Herman, a fine addition to history’s beloved literary pets. The humanist upgrade to Platon’s Power, Cook’s magnificent black-and-white portraits, poetic and dignified, capture 99 beloved luminaries ranging from Archbishop Desmond Tutu, who spearheaded the opposition to apartheid, to President Jimmy Carter to Sir Sydney Kentridge, who served as the lead lawyer in the 1962 trial of Nelson Mandela, to Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who helped champion this week’s historic win for marriage equality.

The New Yorker
Faces of Justice
5 April 2013
The New Yorker

By Sasha Weiss

Mariana Cook’s portrait photography seems to corroborate the old myth of the camera as a soul-stealing machine. Her eye is warmly enveloping, yet also sharp and efficient—like an emotional pickpocket, she removes crucial human essences and stores them on film. One can only imagine the deft charm she must employ to get these photographs, which are marked by gestures and gazes and oddities that the viewer immediately knows to be characteristic of their subjects. In her many books of portraiture—among them, “Couples,” “Generations of Women,” “Mothers and Sons,” “Fathers and Daughters”—Cook presents images alongside text, distilled from interviews she conducts with the people in the photos. The interplay between the photographer’s vision of her subject and the subject’s account of herself produces a simultaneous sense of precision and of mystery: How much can we really see of a person? How much can they really see of themselves? Cook seeks, with a kind of patient force, to know as much as she can. READ MORE

BBC Radio 4 Interview
'Beguiling' Dry Stone Walls
24 October 2011
BBC Radio 4 Interview

U.S. photographer Mariana Cook is best known for her portrait photography but over the last eight years, she has travelled the world taking pictures of dry stone walls and has collected them in a new book. In this radio program, Cook describes how the project came about.

The International Herald Tribune
Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries
10 October 2011
The International Herald Tribune

Dazzling Ingenuity of the Dry Stone Wall

By Alice Rawsthorn

LONDON — It began with the runaway cows. When the photographer Mariana Cook and her family returned to their home on Martha’s Vineyard one afternoon, they found more than 50 cows grazing on their lawn. Part of the dry stone wall that divided their property from a neighboring field had collapsed, and the cows had forced their way through. READ MORE

The New York Times
Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries
11 August 2011
The New York Times

There Can Be Beauty in Barriers
By Carol Kino

Sometimes inspiration arrives when you least expect it. That’s certainly true for “Stone Walls: Personal Boundaries,” the latest book by the photographer Mariana Cook. For eight years Ms. Cook took her two medium-format cameras and a tripod to places as far afield as Malta, Peru and the Aran Islands, searching for dry stone walls built without mortar but with plenty of patience and ingenuity. (An interactive feature on five photographs from the book is here.) READ MORE

The Takeaway with John Hockenberry
The first couple: An intimate portrait
16 January 2009
The Takeaway with John Hockenberry

In 1996 Barack and Michelle Obama were interviewed and photographed for a book on couples in America. The pictures didn’t make it into the book and they were filed away in photographer Mariana Cook’s studio until this week, when one of them appeared in The New Yorker. Photographer and writer Mariana Cook joins Adaora and Todd to talk about the interview and discuss her images.