Close at Hand

      photographs  by Mariana Cook










“Mariana Cook’s photographs give us a renewed sense of the miraculous. And where we may yearn for what appears to be far away, it is wonderful to realize that the miraculous is in fact, indeed, always “close at hand.”

Arthur Sze

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Culled from a diaristic series – Cook took a picture a day for three years – Close at Hand looks at the world of the familiar, and reminds us that what is most strange and beautiful is often within arm’s reach.


Mariana Cook is the acclaimed photographer of the best-selling books Fathers and Daughters, Mothers and Sons , Generations of Women, and most recently, Couples, all published by Chronicle Books. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and Mirabella, among others.


Cook began photographing in 1970 and studied privately with Ansel Adams from 1978 until his death in 1984. Her photographs have been exhibited internationally and are in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, the Corcoran Gallery, Washington D.C., the National Portrait Gallery, London, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Los Angeles County Museum, among others. She is represented by Mitchell-Innes & Nash in New York, where this work was first shown (very successfully) in June 2001.



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