Nadia Lee Cohen Is The Photographer Empowering ‘100 Naked Women’
Don’t judge a book by its cover, or at least don’t judge Nadia Lee Cohen by her blonde bombshell, 50s Hollywood glam-star of a look.
Nadia, who is currently working on her first photobook, 100 Naked Women — a series of nude portraits of women intended to subvert the idea of objectifying them — captures and empowers the female form through surreal, colorful, iconic photographs. With film makers such as John Waters, Stanley Kubrick, Russ Meyer, Harmony Korine, and David Lynch as inspirations, Nadia, just like them, is blurring boundaries between what’s real and what isn’t.
After making a name for herself and then receiving a heavy cosign from the fashion industry, Nadia has continued to create without censoring her own ideas and even more, the women whom she photographs. From how she mentally prepares for a shoot to her views on collaboration, Nadia gave Galore a look into her creative process. See what she had to say, below.
Galore: How do you mentally prepare for a shoot?
Nadia Lee Cohen: I’m very visual. I forget everything unless it’s written down in a little book with a shitty drawing next to it, so I make illustrated lists.
Who are artists or photographers who’ve inspired you?
NLC: I’m predominantly inspired by film makers like John Waters, Stanley Kubrick, Russ Meyer, Harmony Korine, David Lynch, and so many others. There are too many to mention. I watched a lot of movies from these directors when I was first taking pictures. Although I watch a lot of new stuff, I will probably never get over my initial inspirations.
Day worker or night worker? Why?
NLC: Both! I’m literally 24/7 sorting shit out. I really like mornings though if I had to choose.
How do you get inspired to create work?
NLC: When the thought creeps in that I need to make everything I want to make before I die.
Are you always proud of the work you make?
NLC: Yes, mostly. You probably wouldn’t know about it if I wasn’t.
Views on collaboration?
NLC: It’s a powerful thing when you work with someone that understands and fuels your vision.
If you’re stuck creatively, what do you do to get unstuck?
NLC: I’m not sure I ever consciously think I need to be inspired, or actively seek out inspiration. I just continue to learn and watch things that interest me, and make written lists of ideas that need to one day manifest into images.
If you weren’t doing this, and had to get a “day job” where would you see yourself?
NLC: This is so tough. Maybe a florist? A fast food worker? A forensic photographer? A stripper? A prostitute? The possibilities are endless.
Who do you think was your favorite person to shoot ever?
NLC: This is also tough! All of the naked girls for my book, each one has been amazing.
What’s your go-to photoshoot song?
NLC: The Velvet Underground and Nico album, until it gets to “Heroin.” Then I need to change it because it stresses me out.
Any up and coming photogs you’re into at the moment?
What advice would you give the younger you about achieving your dreams?
NLC: Embrace weirdness and watch more fucked up movies.
How do you, personally, feel your work empowers women?
NLC: I could talk for a long time about this, but in short; my photographs allow the modern females involved no restriction whatsoever in how much of their bodies they choose to reveal to others.
What new project are you working on?
NLC: I’m working on my series titled “100 Naked Women.” I started it about a year and a half ago and I’m ploughing through it this year so I can release the book and exhibit the final 100 in 2017.
See Nadia’s online portfolio HERE.