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Approved biography for Charles F. Cochran
(Courtesy of Christian Peterson)

Charles F. Cochran was a Chicago medical doctor, who indicated in the 1947 Detroit salon catalog that he had three daughters and several cameras (his favorite being a 4-x-5-inch Speed Graphic). He was a member of the North Shore Camera Club in Evanston and the vice chairman of the Chicago chapter of the Photographic Society of America. In 1948, he was on the slidefilm committee for the Chicago salon, which produced a filmstrip of all the pictures in the show. He exhibited in pictorial salons from about 1945 to 1955 at such cities as Wichita, Memphis, St. Louis, and Detroit; the catalog for the 1947 Chicago salon reproduced one of his images. The 1947-48 season was his most prolific, with eleven salons accepting his prints.
Cochran was particularly interested in abstract imagery. He wrote an article on photograms for thePSA Journal in October 1951, illustrated with some of his own images, with sparse titles such as Photogram 39. His text stated that the photogram was a controversial art form and, humorously, reminded photographers that the wastebasket was one of the most important pieces of equipment in the darkroom. He encouraged individuals to experiment with a variety of objects and different light sources, including matches. 
Christian A. Peterson Pictorial Photography at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Christian A. Peterson: Privately printed, 2012) 
This biography is courtesy and copyright of Christian Peterson and is included here with permission. 
Date last updated: 1 June 2013. 
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