PLEASE NOTE: This is
written in the third person, because I have compiled this from a number
of previously published sources, so everything on this page has been
written, or said, by someone else, but I did not want to include even
more quotations, than I have already.
What is Special
About the Amazing Photography
of John Neville Cohen?
John Neville Cohen is really an artist
who uses photography. Photographer’s record reality and the best
do that really well, but John creates amazing fantasy from reality!
His beautiful pictures surprise, intrigue and make quite a statement!
"One of the essential differences between the artist and the
photographer is that the artist always starts with a blank canvas,
whereas the photographer's canvas 'the viewfinder', or screen, is always
John Neville Cohen
There are three reasons why John’s art is so special: -
he invented his own photographic
‘painting with light’ method (a very different and original
'special effect' pure photographic technique in the early 1960's)
without using any computer, darkroom chemicals, or expensive
equipment, to create his unique top international award winning
studies. This enabled him to produce transparencies (mostly on
Kodachrome) that amazed other photographers, Kodak and all the
experts at the time, well before anyone had computers.
his pictures are not simply the
well composed flower, fruit, landscape, nude or portrait studies. His
pictures are so imaginative and once seen, form an impression not
easily forgotten. They have stood the test of time, since many of his
most valued pictures were created over 50 years ago.
he has a unique vision and his
own art style that everyone can easily understand, yet no one else
creates fantasy visual art like his.
The first time ‘The London Salon Trophy’,
a much-coveted International award for artistic photography had ever
been awarded for a colour photograph was for 'Spirit of Spring’ in 1967.
John was the not only the youngest salon member ever to have received
it, but it was also the very first time a transparency and a negative
appeared on the same film emulsion. Although technically
extraordinary, it is more importantly a very fine work of art.
Spirit of Spring
John’s discovery was based on simply
photographing projected images that were not always projected on to a
screen and the chosen screen often became the subject of the picture;
John has photographed projected images on to a feather, a flower, a
shell, a butterfly wing, and even on to the edges of the pages of a
He built up a collection of around 75
studies that led to over 20 One-Man Exhibitions of his photographs
(some sponsored by Kodak) in New York, London, The Edinburgh
Festival and many other UK & USA Cities. At Photo Expo (famous
photographers were lucky to have 3 pictures included at 'Photo Expo 68')
but a wall of over 60 pictures was devoted to John.
"..regarded as one of Britain's most original photographers"
"A woman's face was exquisitely
metamorphosed with the cup of a yellow tulip - a Femme - Fleur Picasso
might have perpetrated had he taken to photography”
A number of newspaper and photographic magazine articles were published
and his art even attracted the attention of such famous names as Cecil
Beaton C.B.E., Sir William Russell Flint R.A., Sir George F. Pollock
Bt., M.A., and Lady Clementine Spencer Churchill amongst many others.
Sea Nymph's Mirror
John has openly explained that he often
starts with an idea and then experiments with various images, but
sometimes something unforeseen happened, that sends him down a totally
fresh route to create a very different picture than the one he
originally planned, often it has been these ‘inspired accidents’ that
have since turned out to be his most valued artworks.
Recently a young art critic wrote
"John N. Cohen's artwork incorporates several genres--ready-made
objects, digital photography and Impressionist style of light painting -
to create a striking and surreal effect that has a strong impact upon
the viewer” Claudia Moscovici.
"Indeed, since the photographic image is made by the action of light,
truth to light is truth to the medium of photography! All John Cohen's
photographs are made, simply and solely, by the use of light. His magic
is the magic of the luminous; his poetry is that of the chiaroscuro. The
attractions of his work is all the greater for the purity of the
photographic technique, and its appeal all the more universal for being
couched in an imagery common to all men and intelligible to all”.
Sir George F. Pollock Bt., M.A., F.R.P.S., F.R.S.A.
started promoting his high quality limited edition prints since he
retired and in a relatively short period of time, he has acquired quite
a following on LinkedIn, Facebook, and at various other art sites on the
Internet, like Flickr, where so many have chosen his pictures as
love these, John. Can imagine them large scale in a white room - would
look fantastic!" 'Rachel
"Stunning image! Your work is amazing!
Your work is extraordinary and very inspirational!" 'emellin66'
"really beautiful and magical. love the composition."
John is now over 70 and is
still currently creating pictures (one of the latest is 'Roller').
His pictures certainly cause interest, adding a bright new dimension to
any wall. So sophisticated, always a talking point, appealing to
all age groups.
One must not forget that
John's reality photography is outstanding too (as can be seen in
and some of these are also published as limited edition prints.
For serious art buyers and art lovers there are still some of the prints
for sale. To buy an artwork by John, it is still possible to
purchase a print, although they are limited to only 8 of each picture.
Not yet one of the big names, but these pictures do have great
investment potential and now is the best time for astute buyers to buy.
"Art Galleries refer to me as a
photographer, but photographers refer to me as an Artist!"
John Neville Cohen.
His limited editions of only 8 of each picture
(up to 60” or 150cm longest side!) can be seen at: -
To see examples of John’s new images, in different colours, have
a look at: -
You can also be kept informed on John N. Cohen’s 'Painting with
Light' Facebook Fan page
John Neville Cohen's Home
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