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Thierry Cohen was born in Paris in 1963. He began his profes sional career in 1985 and is seen as one of the pioneers of digital photogr aphy.  His work has been shown at the Palais de Tokyo\, and the Musee de l” Homme in Paris\, and in 2008 was an official selection of the Mois de la Ph oto.  Since 2010 he has devoted himself to a single project – “Villes Entei ntes” (Darkened Cities) – which depicts the major cities of the world as th ey would appear at night without light pollution\, or in more poetic terms: how they would look if we could see the stars.

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Cohen’s method is o riginal and precise and harkens back to the methodologies employed by early 19th century photographers like Gustave Le Grey.  He photograph s the world’s major cities\, seeking out views that resonate for him and no ting the precise time\, angle\, and latitude and longitude of his exposure.   As the world rotates around its axis the stars that would have been visib le above a particular city move to deserts\, plains\, and other places free of light pollution.  By noting the precise latitude and angle of his citys cape\, Cohen is able to track the earth’s rotation to places of atmospheric clarity like the Mojave\, the Sahara\, and the Atacama desert.  There he s ets up his camera to record what is lost to modern urban dwellers.

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Compositing the two images\, Cohen creates a single new image full of reson ance and nuance.  The work is both political and spiritual questioning not only what we are doing to the planet but drawing unexpected connections bet ween disparate locations. Equally importantly it asks: what do we miss by o bscuring the visibility of stars?  As the world’s population becomes increa singly urban\, there is a disjunction with the natural world which both Coh en and science posit causes both physical and psychological harm.  Cities t hat never sleep are made up of millions of individuals breaking natural cyc les of work and repose. Cohen’s photographs attempt to restore our vision\, and in beautifully crafted prints and  images offer the viewer a possibili ty - to re-connect us to the infinite energy of the stars.

DTEND:20130504 DTSTAMP:20140731T214632 DTSTART:20130328 GEO:40.748634;-74.005304 LOCATION:Danziger Projects\,527 West 23rd Street \nNew York\, NY 10011 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Solo Exhibition\, Thierry Cohen UID:265431 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR