Skateboard Photographer Michael Cohen


This project continues to grow and attract new members to join and support skateboarding and skate photography. During the ongoing fundraising campaign for the book print, I contacted so many companies and people asking for support. So when I get some one like Michael Cohen from SHUT Skateboards out of New York showing his support, I’m more than glad to get him a member page! Look out for more photos soon from Michael – I just wanted to get him in here now!

Where are you currently located / living?

I am in Brooklyn, New York.

How old are you and how long have you been involved with photography?

I am 40 and have been shooting since my early teens.


What type of camera do you shoot with?

Anything and everything that captures. Learned most of the basic on a Canon A-E1 that my father gave to me. I also like to use Contact and Leica point and shoot 35mm.

What is your favorite photography accessory other than your camera?

Cardiel Shank Bag from Chrome.

If you had to choose one lens which one would it be and why?

Canon 50mm was my first and my favorite. Great for portraits and all around go to lens.


What makes a skate photograph original and unique: basically what is your idea of a good photo?

The fact that skateboarding is an art form itself allows the photography to be so unique. A good photo for me is achieved from the chemistry and passion I have for skateboarding combined with the skateboarder. And shooting in NY allows me to have amazing backdrops that create unique photo opportunities.

Name the first photographer that comes to your mind and why?

The first photographer that comes to mind is my grandmother Kity. She was the first pro photographer I had ever met. As a kid she was always behind the lens. She didn’t shoot skateboarding however she did influence me into pursuing the art of photography.

What do you feel is the most challenging thing about skateboard photography?

Not necessarily challenged but more disappointed is the fact so many kids these day just pick up a digital and don’t have the basic knowledge of film and developing.


References you have (past and present photography work) and/or your relation to skateboarding

I never considered myself a pro photographer while I was taking pics and getting published. It was just that I needed pics for different jobs I had in Skateboarding. Photography was just another tool on the resume. But when I was asked to be a part of the “Full Bleed” skateboard photograph book I finally considered myself pro. My photo was used for the traveling gallery and was also selected to be featured in a upscale hotel room. ACE Hotel NYC Room 1022. After that I was in a group skateboard photo show called “Skateboarding Works” and I sold my first Photo… so now I’m Pro!

Contact information

Michael A. Cohen
Vice President
SHUT Skateboards
158 Orchard St.NYC
212.420.SHUT Shop
917.838.3629 Mobile