Thierry Cohen - Photographs London Friday, October 25, 2019 | Phillips

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  • Exhibited

    La Photographie Française existe...Je l’ai rencontrée, La Maison Européenne de la Photographie, Paris, 7 March - 20 May 2018, another

  • Literature

    T. Cohen, Villes éteintes [Darkened Cities], Paris: Marval, 2012, n.p.

  • Catalogue Essay

    ‘You can show the world you want to show,’ says Thierry Cohen about his ongoing series Villes éteintes [Darkened Cities], which presents composite images of dark urban landscapes with starry skies. To create the work offered here, Cohen photographed the city of Rio de Janeiro by day, using filters and under-exposure to simulate a nighttime view devoid of artificial light, then travelled to the Atacama Desert in Chile, located on the same latitude as Rio, to capture the vibrant constellations. ‘By combining two realities, I am making a third that you cannot see … but it exists! I am showing you the missing stars,’ explains Cohen. ‘I am not showing you post-apocalyptic cities, merely cities without electricity. I am bringing back the silence.’ The Paris-based artist was shortlisted for the 2015 Académie des Beaux-Arts Photography Award and has exhibited Darkened Cities in many cities worldwide, including New York, Dubai, Moscow and Genoa.



Rio de Janeiro 22° 56’ 42’’ S 2011-06-04 LST 12:34 from Darkened Cities

Archival pigment print, face-mounted and flush-mounted.
Image/Sheet: 100.5 x 151 cm (39 5/8 x 59 1/2 in.)
Signed in ink, printed title, date and number AP2 on an artist label affixed to the reverse of the flush-mount.

This work is AP2 from the sold-out edition of 3 + 2 APs. This image is sold out in all sizes and editions.

£20,000 - 30,000 

Sold for £20,000

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London Auction 25 October 2019