Rachel Cobb

Mistral - The Legendary Wind of Provence, 2018
12 x 10 x 0.80 in
Mistral is a portrait of Provence seen through its legendary wind. Photographer Rachel Cobb illustrates the effects of this relentless wind that funnels down the Rhône Valley, periodically gusting to 120 km per hour―hurricane strength on the Beaufort wind force scale. The region has, accordingly, adjusted to accommodate the mistral's impact. Some houses are built the traditional way, with few or no windows on the windward side and the main entrance on the sheltered side. Heavy stones hold down terra-cotta roof tiles. Rows of trees lining fields create windbreaks to shield crops. Introduction by Bill Buford. ISBN 9788862086189 192 pages

ABout the Artist

New York City-based photographer Rachel Cobb has photographed current affairs, social issues, and features in the U.S. and abroad for the past 25 years.  She has been published in The New York TimesThe New YorkerSports IllustratedTimeRolling StoneNatural History, SternParis Match among others on assignments ranging from U.S.-led sanctions in Iraq, a Kosovo Liberation Army soldier’s journey from a U.S. college to his war-torn homeland, the Evangelical movement in Guatemala, and a papal visit to Cuba.  Cobb's work has earned her recognition with Picture of the Year awards for her work during the 9/11 attacks in New York City and in war-torn Sarajevo, a nomination for the ICP Infinity Award for young photographer, a Marty Forscher Grant for Humanistic Photography for documenting New York City's homeless, and, recently, Prix de la Photographie de Paris awards, Internal Photography Awards as well as American Photography 35. She has exhibited her work in solo and group shows at the Miami Museum of Art, the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, the Parrish Art Museum (Southampton, New York), Visa Pour L’Image (Perpignan, France), and in galleries across the U.S.


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