Robert Paul Cohen was born in Smithtown, New York. He received a Bachelor's of Interdisciplinary Studies from Arizona State University in 1998. While working as a creative director and copywriter for advertising agencies in NYC, Robert started taking classes at The International Center of Photography. There he studied with portrait photographers Shelby Lee Adams, Amy Arbus and Andrea Modica. Among other accolades received during his years in advertising, a campaign he created for The Red Cross and American Association of Blood Banks is in the permanent collection at The Museum of Modern Art, NY. Robert is currently living in NYC, though travels now and then to LA and South East Asia.