JDC Art Circle invites you to join an exclusive viewing of Peter J. Cohen’s imitable collection of found and vernacular photography. Seats are very limited- first come, first serve. 

About the Collector

Peter J. Cohen is a New York-based collector of snapshots and vernacular photographs. Cohen began collecting vernacular photography over twenty-five years ago at thrift stores and flea markets. Since then he has amassed a substantial collection of approximately 50,000 photographs which are organized into over 100 categories. The collection spans much of the twentieth century and encompasses many different processes, including gelatin silver, cyanotype, collodion, hand-tinted, chromogenic color, and Polaroids. The stunning collection offers a visual history of amateur photographers’ engagement with the medium. While still avidly collecting, Cohen plans to continue giving away much of his collection to institutions around the world. Cohen has donated significant portions of his collection to museums including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Morgan Library, and many others. -pjcohencollection.com


JDC’s Art Circle brings together a group of art lovers and philanthropists to view some of the most exclusive collections in New York City. Art Circle members have insider opportunities to visit private collections, tour unique studios, and become stakeholders in JDC’s life-saving humanitarian work around the globe.

Art Circle members make an annual gift of $1800 to help JDC use art to address humanitarian issues around the globe. Guests of the Art Circle are asked to make a $500 donation for their one time event attendance. Sign up for 2018 or make your event specific gift here.

For questions about this event or joining the JDC Art Circle, contact JDC Ambassadors at ambassadors@JDC.org