It seems only natural for artistic minded individuals to dabble in other forms of visual creativity as a means of furthering personal expression and exploration. Some of the greatest artists in history are multi-talented, many of whom developed phenomenal works through numerous mediums. With the existence and evolution of modern digital visual making, specific to stills and motion, and the desire for one artist to his expand craft, Brooklyn-based photographer David Cohen can now add another creative trade to his resume – filmmaking.
In an unintended effort that pays homage to the culturally diverse and eclectic area he has been living in for the past seven years, Cohen has developed a web-series entitled Made in Brooklyn. The series of episodes feature video profile shorts of local individual artisans who contribute to the notion of old New York City. Cohen has toyed with idea of producing the videos for quite some time. He says, “I’ve wanted to make these kinds of profiles for a long time. And I think it’s kinda the future of what I do.”
The Brooklynite, originally a commercial photographer and portraitist, just posted his newest episode on his Vimeo channel yesterday, March 26th. The second installment of the series, entitled The Watchmaker, features David Sokosh. Cohen follows Sokosh, a photographer turned watchmaker, in what appears to be his home/studio. Filmed in a beautifully cinematic documentary style, which can be viewed below, that elaborates on the intricacies of Sokosh’s craft, Cohen’s inclusion of hyper detail shots “allow people to appreciate the skill involved in what the subjects are doing” he says.
The first installment of Made in Brooklyn, dubbed The Violin Maker, which can also be viewed below, revolved around Sam Zygumtowicz. The video was so openly embraced that it received over 160,000 views and was picked up by numerous blogs and news outlets. Cohen’s work has only attracted more attention since then.
Cohen works closely with editor Michael Hurley to shoot and edit the pieces as quickly as possible. According to the now filmmaker, his pieces are the results to “careful planning and fly-on-the-wall” documentary style shooting. His interviews and shots are done within an afternoon, but Cohen makes it a top priority to develop a relationship with the artisan and understand the environments in which they work, which to any filmmaker is of extreme importance.
Concerning the individuals he has chosen from his web series, which he found from blogs like Forgotten New York and Jeremiah’s Vanishing New York, Cohen explains “I feel like there’s a resurgence of interests in things made in America and even more so with New York. There’s just that intimate connection I think people enjoy.”
In the near future, Cohen will feature other artisans, like that of a female metal smith jewelry maker, which will hit the web within the next two weeks, a shoemaker, a bespoke atelier, and a perfumer.
Via The Brooklyn Ink