#11 Paris, France
Artist Thierry Cohen photographs the world’s major cities, seeking out views that resonate for him and noting the precise time, angle, and latitude and longitude of his exposure.
#10 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
As the world rotates around its axis the stars that would have been visible above a particular city move to deserts, plains, and other places free of light pollution.
#9 San Francisco, California
By noting the precise latitude and angle of his cityscape, Thierry Cohen is able to track the earth’s rotation to places of atmospheric clarity like the Mojave, the Sahara, and the Atacama desert.
#8 New York City, New York
There he sets up his camera to record what is lost to modern urban dwellers. Compositing the two images, Cohen creates a single new image full of resonance and nuance.
#7 Los Angeles, California
The work is both political and spiritual questioning not only what we are doing to the planet but drawing unexpected connections between disparate locations.
#6 São Paulo, Brazil
Equally importantly it asks: what do we miss by obscuring the visibility of stars? As the world’s population becomes increasingly urban, there is a disjunction with the natural world which both Cohen and science posit causes both physical and psychological harm.
#5 Shanghai, China
Cities that never sleep are made up of millions of individuals breaking natural cycles of work and repose. Cohen’s photographs attempt to restore our vision, and in beautifully crafted prints and images offer the viewer a possibility - to re-connect us to the infinite energy of the stars.
#4 Tokyo, Japan
Seeing these cities free of light pollution is just beautifully startling. Cohen brings to life and illustrates a seemingly inconceivable world - one without pollution. The results of his work are breathtaking, to say the least!
#3 Bonus: Los Angeles, California
Here’s another view of Los Angeles, revisited and re-imagined by Cohen. The outcome is spectular.
#2 Bonus: Shanghai, China
Here we see Cohen’s new vision of Shanghai again, however in this shot we see all of the city. Magnificient!