| Paul Kohl was born in the middle of America but left when he was eighteen for NYC. He was in the army for four years, beginning with the Army Security Agency and the Army Language School in Monterey, California. But, after meeting Joan Baez and her mentor, Ira Sandpearl, he managed to fight his way to a Conscientious Objector status and was transferred to the Medical Corps. After training as a nurse practitioner, he served in Vientnam (67/68).He was awarded a Bronze Star for his medical work in a POW camp but returned it to Nixon with his compliments.
After the army, he earned a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in Photography and his Master Degree from Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana. He exhibits his work internationally with recent shows in Japan, Canada, the USA, Malaysia, Portugal and Singapore. His work is part of the permanent collections of several museums including the Joaquim Vermelho Museum in Estremoz, Portugal, which acquired the complete portfolio from the series “Then and Now: Images from Portugal.”
He has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts in the U.S.A., the Digital Creative Center at NTU in Singapore, Kawasaki University in Japan, Maryland State Arts Council Grants for Poetry and Photography, and the Baltimore City Arts Council Grants for Photography. He has done artist residencies at Awagami Paper in Japan, the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, the Obras Center in Portugal, at the Centro Nacional de Cultura in Lisbon, and Cone Editions in the USA, among others.
A more detailed PDF version can be seen here. A full résumé is here.