DMB Photographer Nadia Lee Cohen shoots self portrait project ‘Hello My Name Is’ for Dazed Beauty.
Interview with Dazed Beauty
Your work is so LA, I think some people forget or don’t know that you’re British. Where did you grow up? What do you miss most about it?
Yes definitely very British, otherwise I would be a very cynical American. I grew up on a farm in the British countryside; I miss my family first and foremost but following that I miss very minute British details like tea shops run by old ladies, mass moaning and Mr Kipling. Sort of everything Martin Parr has captured about Britain.
Who was the first person you found beautiful?
You know what, honestly I think it was Paris Hilton or Donatella Versace, I was utterly obsessed with a tanned blonde and they seemed to epitomise this in the early 2000s; I had a diary plastered with sellotaped images of them to the front of it like some kind of weird shrine.
You moved to LA four years ago – would you have had the same career if you stayed in the UK?
Aesthetically, I can say with certainty that it wouldn’t have looked the same. LA for me makes it very uncomplicated to photograph and capture things as most of the films and photography I am inspired by were shot here so it’s kind of a ready-made set, plus there is no other light like it in the world.
If you weren’t an artist what do you think you would you be doing?
I would have fancied myself as a crime scene photographer, I am morbidly fascinated but hugely squeamish so I’m not sure how that would pan out.