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This Photographer Spent His Summer Taking Hundreds Of Portraits In Provincetown

Photographer Emil Cohen took to the streets of P-town, MA this summer to take hundreds of personal portraits while giving subjects only one direction: "Be yourself." H/T: Towleroad

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Having just graduated with his MFA from the Museum School of Fine Arts, Photographer Emil Cohen needed a project to pull himself away from the looming post-grad slump. He found his inspiration on the streets of Provincetown this summer as he attempted to capture the whimsical nature of this Massachusetts getaway – one portrait at a time.

Cohen told BuzzFeed News he was inspired by Richard Avedon's In The American West series. "This summer, as I embarked on living in Provincetown for the season, I found it the perfect time to act upon it," explains Cohen.

"I have photographed over 200 people (and counting) so it's hard to pick one favorite [...] This photo of Richard particularly stands out as an example of someone who understood my only direction, 'be yourself.'"

"Having Brian Sims, the first openly gay elected state legislator in Pennsylvania, ask me to have his portrait taken was definitely a highlight of summer. It was the first time that I realized people were recognizing my work around Provincetown."

"What became apparent as the summer draws to a close is that this series has become an archive, a chronology of Provincetown Summer 2014. Next year, a whole slew of new people, costumes, and of course props will be in town, representing 2015."

"Ideally, I would love to come back every summer to create a new edition of Portraits In Provincetown and have these photo become an annual tradition that people will recognize and look forward to participating in."