Cody Cobb (b. 1984) is a photographer based in Las Vegas, Nevada. His photographs aim to capture brief moments of stillness from the chaos of nature.
For weeks at a time, Cobb wanders the American West alone in order to fully immerse himself in seemingly untouched wilderness. This isolation allows for more sensitive observations of both the external landscape as well as the internal experience of solitude. These portraits of the Earth's surface are an attempt to capture an entanglement of the observer and the observed.
Cody was named one of PDN's 30 emerging photographers to watch in 2018 and a winner of The Royal Photographic Society’s IPE162 award as well as being a part of Photolucida's Critical Mass Top 50. His commercial clients include Apple, Rivian, Samsung and Fujifilm. Cody’s work has also appeared in publications such as The California Sunday Magazine, MADE Quarterly and WIRED Magazine. He is represented by Marshall Gallery in Santa Monica, California and Foster/White in Seattle, Washington.
"While American landscape photography has been historically tinged with a tendency to capture, stake claim, or make the land a souvenir for the rest of the world to see, Cobb’s practice is humbler. For Cobb, it’s not about conquering the wild and majestic; instead, he submits to a wilderness larger than us all." - Jon Feinstein for Photograph Magazine (Sept/Oct 2018)
The Royal Photographic Society’s IPE162 (2019)
The Center Awards - Curator's Choice (2019)
PDN 30 Emerging Photographers (2018)
Photolucida - Critical Mass Top 50 (2017)
International Photography Exhibition - Museum of Gloucester (January 2022)
In Praise of Shadows - Los Angeles, CA (January 2021)
CENTER Santa Fe Curator’s Choice - Bloomington, IN (December 2019)
C4FAP / In Relation to the Land - Fort Collins, CO (August 2019)
FOCUS Photo - LA & NYC (July 2019)
MOPLA Group Exhibition - Los Angeles (April 2019)
EONS Solo Exhibition - Seattle (August 2018)
Wish You Were Here, Vol. 4 - Los Angeles (April 2018)
Lenz Photography Festival - Manchester (November 2017)
Ambient Landscapes - Sydney (November 2017)
FOCUS Summer 2017 - NYC (July 2017)
SVLA1 / Artist Takeover - Los Angeles (June 2017)
FotoFilmic '16 Exhibition - Los Angeles (November 2016)
The Adventure Handbook - Photo Comp Exhibition (May 2016)
9/50 Summit Atlanta Contemporary Art Center - Atlanta, GA (June 2014)
DdA Factory Cagliari - Italy (June 2014)
PROOF's Annual Benefit & Auction Sundaram Tagore Gallery - NYC, NY (April 2014)
Shade Vyner Street Gallery - London (November 2013)
Miller Yezerski Gallery - Boston, MA.(October 2013)
Redbird Editions Opening Exhibition De Fotohal - Amsterdam (September 2013)
PANACEA Book Release MUA - Oakland, CA (February 2013)
If You Leave Mother London - London, UK (November 2012)
Dust & Scratches Moscow Museum of Modern Art - Moscow, Russia (February 2012)
Arctic Volume - Surface N° 2 (January 2022)
WIRED Magazine (March 2020)
The Financial Times (March 11, 2020)
ON DEATH (2019)
Cercle #7 (2019)
Woven Magazine - Issue 4 (2019)
195 Journal, Issue One (2019)
August - Tomorrow’s Talent Zine (2018)
Magic Hour Zine (2018)
Oryx - Escape Issue (2018)
n by Norwegian (2018)
la Repubblica - L'avventura perfetta (2017)
PDN Emerging Photographer (2017)
Loose - Issue One (2017)
British Airways - High Life Magazine (2017)
Another Place Press - Cascadia (2016)
The California Sunday Magazine (2016)
MADE - Quarterly Four (2015)
Asymptote - Summer (2015)
Aint-Bad Magazine - From Here On (2015)
Aint-Bad Magazine - The American South (2014)
The Outsiders - Gestalten (2014)
Mould Map 3 - Landfill Editions (2014)
PERDIZ Magazine (2014)
Analøg #2 (2013)
Aint-Bad Magazine - Infinite Progress (2013)
If You Leave - Volume II (2012)
If You Leave - Volume III (2012)
Eons is an ongoing project exploring the entanglement of observer and observed during long periods of solitude in the wilderness of the American West. Through isolation and exhaustion, an altered state of consciousness emerges and the illusion of structure appears from the chaos of nature.
In these moments, I feel the outside staring back.
An illumination of a strange land that no longer resembles the familiar surfaces of the American West. Undulations of Earth ripple and radiate towards the horizon like a solid sea. Silhouettes of behemoths suspended in geologic time emerge and strange symmetries are revealed in the gentle falloff of red and blue light.
This series of roadside portraits detail the landforms, ruins, and artifacts left in the wake after nearly two centuries of westward expansion in the United States. The distinction between human and non-human entities becomes muddied in these photos as ancient rock formations appear as drifters suspended in geologic time and the debris of humanity is entangled in the vegetation lining the ditches. An eerie coexistence between the two is observed as they fade in and out of the same dim light.
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