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These two photographs, “Dancing Girl” and “Piano Player” are examples of those images from Cohen’s collection which he calls “sounds of silence.” Both images are informed by the music that can’t be played, but, nonetheless, it can be imagined or “heard.” Both images capture wonderful motion and vitality. Both images are, without studied design, artfully framed and taken from vantage points that enhance the subject. The angled, wallpapered walls, with the corner of the room perfect centered, is the ideal backdrop for the young, wildly carefree dancer. The playing hands in the air, the black and white keys leading the viewer into the image, with the white sheets of music against the ebony piano fits perfectly into the only rectangle in this group of snapshots. Courtesy Mark Glovsky Collection.

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