With his series of photographs Darkened Cities, Thierry Cohen (France, 1965) recreates the fantasy of an urban sky full of stars. He does this by photographing the world’s main cities by day, and deserts, plains and other places free of light pollution by night. By mounting the two shots, he creates a unique new image infused with a fascinating and impossible beauty.
Has devoted himself professionally to photography since the mid 1980s, when he began to explore the use of digital techniques. Specializing first in editorial portraits, since 2006 he has focused on his own personal work. In his series Binary Kids, from 2008, he reflected on the future of the new generations confronted with digital technologies. Since 2010 he has toured the world with his camera, from great megalopolises to solitary deserts, to create the Darkened Cities series, which imagines what cities would be like without light pollution. His work has been exhibited at the Palais in Tokyo, the Musée de l’Homme in Paris, the Danziger Gallery in New York, and the official selection of Le Mois de la Photo.