The Street and the Sky: Samm Cohen’s Photos of Istanbul

Samm Cohen 01 Istanbul © 2016In this era when millions of people are taking millions of photos all the time, it’s a pleasure to sit back and sift through an artist’s collection. Samm Cohen works in multiple mediums, with a passion for paintings that stretch the boundaries between a flat canvas surface and the space that surrounds it, using everything from broken mirrors to papier-mâché to extend her solid grounding in classic brushwork into new and often startling visions.

Photography is also a venue for Ms. Cohen, whose joyful approach to travel and documentation is best described by the artist herself:

“I love to travel! I love photography! I have been fortunate to see London Tower holding itself against the wetted sky, the Buddhist flags of the Monkey temple waving, Angkor Wat’s tall, proud stone facades, the uneven bricks of The Great Wall, hot sand of the Sahara in view of the ancient Sphinx, Gaudí’s Seuss-like structures lining the streets of Barcelona, and the blue waters contrasting with monolithic rock off Australia’s Great Ocean Road. … More importantly, I have seen the people in these enthralling cultures during both work and leisure, the growth of the natural and man-made habitats, and the beauty that exists around the world.”

Here’s my selection of twenty photographs from Ms. Cohen’s journey to Istanbul, in late-November 2015. I’m feeling very lucky to explore such a beautiful city through the eyes of this highly creative visitor.

As noted by the artist, “These are all ‘untouched’ photos of the trip, which are also available in cropped and refined versions, along with many more.” For additional photos from Istanbul and many other locations, contact Samm through her website or page

Samm Cohen 02 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 03 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 04 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 05 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 06 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 07 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 08 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 09 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 10 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 11 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 12 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 13 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 14 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 15 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 16 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 17 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 18 Istanbul © 2016 Samm Cohen 19 Istanbul © 2016

Samm Cohen 20 Istanbul © 2016All photos © Samm Cohen 2016

About CatRutgers4Art

Original art by Catherine Rutgers, with musings on the media and the methods. Founded in 2010. “I believe in magic moments. Am not afraid to be sentimental, and adore a tweaked cliché. Two of my favorite pastimes are watching paint dry and observing green tendrils unfold.”
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5 Responses to The Street and the Sky: Samm Cohen’s Photos of Istanbul

  1. Samm’s photos are awesome, thanks for posting!

  2. Samm Cohen says:

    Reblogged this on Samm Cohen and commented:
    My Latest Travels. Thank you so much Cat

  3. Samm Cohen says:

    Thank you so much Cat!

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