Portfolio by Robert Cohen
Date: 12/17/2010 Album ID: 506424
Photos by Robert Cohen
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Robert Cohen joined the photography staff of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch in 1999 after working ten years at The Commercial Appeal in Memphis. Most recently his work on suburban homelessness was named a finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in feature photography. His photojournalism has also been recognized by Pictures of the Year International, the National Headliner Awards, American Society of News Editors and the National Press Photographers Association. Cohen lives in suburban St. Louis with his wife and two children, who are growing up too quickly.
Both an Army and Navy WWII veteran, Wayne Mueller, 91, felt honored to be chosen to lay a flag at the National WWII Memorial during his visit with the St. Louis chapter of Honor Flight in Washington,DC.  I have macular degeneration, said Mueller. Probably in a year or so I would never have been able to see this whole thing.  So to me it's almost the end of the line.
September 4, 2010 - Vivian Lewis, from left, of Republic, Mo., visits with Miranda Miller, Alex Hegel and Audrey Ruiz at the Japanese Festival at the Missouri Botanical Garden.  The trio from University City came dressed as geisha to promote the traditional art form as well as their traditional Japanese entertainment business.  We are living art, said Ruiz.  My mother grew up in Japan and handed down to me the customs, courtesies and culture.
Robert Cohen  rcohen@post-dispatch.com
October 8, 2010 - Construction continues early Friday on the Seventh Street Garage, part of the replacement for St. Louis Centre downtown.  A Clayco Inc. construction worker is seen through decorative fencing as he watches a crane preparing to lift windows into place.  The parking garage will have new retail space on the ground floor.
Robert Cohen  rcohen@post-dispatch.com
Losing their trailer to foreclosure, Joe and Cherri Trantham moved their family of four to the Budget Inn last August.  Joe works at a nearby McDonald's, bringing home dinner at the end of his shift.
October 4, 2010 - A coffee billboard offered 'warmth' for south St. Louis roosting pigeons Monday morning off I-55 and Broadway.  Weather forecasters predict a similar Tuesday morning, with temperatures in the low 40s and scattered frost.
Robert Cohen  rcohen@post-dispatch.com
The big 'B' in Budweiser soars over the St. Louis skyline as seen from the roof of the bottling plant downtown.
Job seekers at the weekly meeting of 'Businesspersons Between Jobs' check new postings in the gymnasium.  The rapidly growing group averages 110 suburban attendees.
Watching headstones pass in Arlington National Cemetery, Bill Keenoy, 85, traveled last Sunday with the St. Louis chapter of Honor Flight, a non-profit group that brings World War II veterans to Washington to see the National WWII Memorial.  Keenoy, who laid communication lines as an infantry soldier in the Army Signal Corps, lives in hospice care after contracting mesothelioma, a cancer of the lungs caused by asbestos exposure traced to his work as a pipefitter before joining the Army.
The world's biggest pencil slides by crane into the third floor of the City Museum after being donated last year.  Ashrita Furman of New York created the 76-foot-long, 20,000 pound pencil as a birthday gift for his meditation teacher.
Dressed for the occasion but still needing a ticket was Peyton Benfield, 7, of Warrenton, Mo. who flew home (aboard an airplane, of course) from Los Angeles with his mother, arriving in St. Louis. Peyton has been living in Los Angeles since September acting in commercials.
Using a parking lot as a playground, two-year-old Drew Trantham plays in puddles outside the Budget Inn in Wentzville, Missouri.  His parents, Cherri and Joe Trantham and sister Mary, 1, moved into the hotel in late August after losing their trailer to foreclosure.
Watching their team's week-long number one ranking slipping away were Missouri students Jessica Willibey, Heather Spradlin and Jenna Jacobsmeyer who couldn't believe their eyes Oklahoma beat their Tigers in the Big 12 Championship game.
17 DECEMBER 2009 - Seagulls take flight over the Milam landfill in Fairmont City as bulldozers distribute trash piles at the end of the work day.  City officials estimate that the Fairmont City portion of the landfill will be full later this year, ending decades of subsidizing the city's annual budget.
July 10, 2010 - The family of Alisa Maier, at left, gave thanks for her safe return Saturday at a barbecue held at the four-year-old's home in Louisiana, Missouri.  Roy Harrison, Alisa's grandfather, gathered the family in prayer before a meal of hot dogs and bratwurst.
Robert Cohen  rcohen@post-dispatch.com
Monday May 31, 2010 - Punch awaited veterans and their families at Wentzville American Legion Post 323, where members displayed more than 250 veteran burial flags, all making the shape of a cross.
Robert Cohen  rcohen@post-dispatch.com
July 24, 2010 - Hundreds of people with outstanding misdemeanor arrest warrants from St. Clair County courts lined the halls and parking lot of New Life Community Church in East St. Louis Saturday to receive new court dates.  Dornetta Malone, at left, with her grandson Jeremiah Malone, and Carolyn Swygeart, at center, both had warrants for traffic offenses.  I was off work and couldn't pay for it, explained Swygeart of Cahokia.
Robert Cohen  rcohen@post-dispatch.com
November 2, 2010 - Blunt for Senate campaign chairman Ann Wagner relishes in the possibility of both Robin and Russ Carnahan losing their races during a victory party Tuesday night at the University Plaza Hotel in Springfield.
Robert Cohen  rcohen@post-dispatch.com
June 17, 2010 - A faint rainbow made a brief appearance over downtown St. Louis early Thursday before storms rolled in during the morning rush hour.  The photograph was taken from the Malcolm W. Martin Memorial Park overlook in East St. Louis, Illinois.
Robert Cohen  rcohen@post-dispatch.com
Hundreds of European Starlings fill power lines surrounding the Metrolink station in Shrewsbury, Mo.  The birds, considered a fall nuisance by many people, were first recorded in Missouri in 1928.
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