What Matters: Digital Photography as a Tool for Change

Event Description:

What Matters is David Elliot Cohen’s latest book: a combination of photo-journalism shot bysome of the world’s leading photographers matched with passionate essays written by well-known experts that explores the essential issues facing our culture today, as well as an extensive what you can do… section so you can help.

Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a discount, and Mr. Cohen will autograph them at the conclusion of the formal program.


David Elliot Cohen is at the leading edge of digital photography, having published his work in over 70 books including the hugely popular Day in the Life and America 24/7 series.

Cohen’s America 24/7 Project (2003-2005) was the largest documentary photography project in history. 25,000 digital photographers participanted, including 4,000 professionals, from all fifty states. The project produced 53 illustrated books — a national book, books for all 50 states plus Dogs 24/7 and Cats 24/7. The America 24/7 Project also launched 24/7 Media’s groundbreaking Custom Cover technology, which has allowed more than 80,000 buyers to put their own digital pictures on the cover of 24/7 books.

Cohen has received many awards including:

  • the Innovation in Photography Award from the American Society of Media Photographers,
  • several National Press Photographers Association and World Press Photo Awards,
  • a National Jewish Book Award,
  • the American Jewish Committee’s humanitarian award for A Day in the Life of Africa

Cohen was named a literary laureate of the San Francisco Public Library for his travelogue, One Year Off.

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Event Details

December 9, 2008


Fenwick & West
801 California St.
Mountain View CA


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