“This rare portrait photograph was taken by Edward Gajdel. It is rare because at the time that I purchased it there were only three in existence: one owned by Leonard, one by Random House, and the one that I commissioned from the photographer.”
-Yosef Wosk

Leonard having a coke 1960

Photograph: Roz Kelly/Getty Images


An stage at the Isle of White

Photograph: Tony Russell/Redferns. On stage at the Isle of White 1970


Performing at the Musikhalle in Hamburg in 1970. Photograph: K&K Ulf Kruger OHG/Redferns


In Amsterdam 1972

In Amsterdam in 1972. Photograph: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns


In Amsterdam in 1972. Photograph: Gijsbert Hanekroot/Redferns


A portrait in the early 1970s. Photograph: Jack Robinson/Getty Images


On Stage in Denmark

On stage in Denmark in 1972. Photograph: Jan Persson/Redferns


Smokling 1980

Photograph: Evening Standard/Getty Images/Hulton Archive


At Amsterdam’s Muziektheater in 1988. Photograph: Frans Schellekens/Redferns


Cohen at Zen centre

At the Mount Baldy Zen Center, east of Los Angeles, in 1995. Photograph: Neal Preston/Corbis


At the jazz festival

At the 47th Montreux jazz festival in Switzerland in 2013. Photograph: Valentin Flauraud/Reuters


acknowleging applause

Acknowledging the applause before A Tribute to Leonard Cohen concert at the Jovellanos theatre in Gijon, Spain. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP/Getty Images


Leonard and Cat

This photo — Leonard Cohen at home, Los Angeles, September 2016 — is from the Yosef Wosk Collection. Photograph by Graeme Mitchell originally for The New Yorker.

“When I saw this photograph of Leonard in his dark suit emerging from the pool of light behind him, in his polished shoes, recent cane and familiar hat sitting in his sparse backyard balanced by a well-used broom resting against the wooden fence, I was mesmerized. His gaze was calm, his almost smile reminiscent of the Mona Lisa, his posture and that of his cat perfectly intertwined as the ancient friends they were. There was an effortless glow about him despite his body being depleted by illness that was to take him a month after Mitchell and Cohen collaborated on one last masterpiece.

“I asked a friend well versed in the photographic arts to contact Graeme and see if we could purchase an original print. He consented and even advised us to frame it as he had in his own home: with a white metal frame. The origin of the word photograph means “writing with light”, something that great photographers achieve with their camera and great writers—those who invest their deepest soul in every word—achieve with their pen.


-Yosef Wosk