Villes Enteintes / Thierry Cohen

Thierry Cohen Rio_4_20Rio de Janeiro 22° 56’ 42’’ S 2011-06-04 lst 12:34

World’s major cities as they would appear at night without light pollution from the series Villes Enteintes aka Darkened Cities by French photographer Thierry Cohen

Cohen’s method is original and precise and harkens back to the methodologies employed by early 19th century photographers like Gustave Le Grey.  He 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.  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.  By noting the precise latitude and angle of his cityscape, 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 sets up his camera to record what is lost to modern urban dwellers. (source)

Thierry Cohen Shanghai_20Shanghai 31° 14’ 39’’ N 2012-03-19 lst 14:42

Thierry Cohen Los_Angeles_20Los Angeles 34° 03’ 20’’ N 2010-10-09 lst 21:50

Thierry Cohen New_York_20New York 40° 44’ 39’’ N 2010-10-13 lst 0:04

Paris 48° 51’ 03’’ N 2012-07-19 lst 19:46Paris 48° 51’ 03’’ N 2012-07-19 lst 19:46

Thierry Cohen tokyoTokyo 35° 41’ 36’’ N 2011-11-16 lst 23:16

Thierry Cohen Sao_Paulo_2_20São Paulo 23° 33’ 22’ S 2011-06-05 lst 11:44

Thierry Cohen Brooklyn_Bridge_20New York 40° 42’ 16’’ N 2010-10-09 lst 3:40

via Danziger gallery

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