The Magic Lantern
My way of 'Painting with Light'
John Neville Cohen
Fascinating, yet simple techniques,
for all photographers to enjoy.
No Darkroom Processing!
No Computer Required!
John Neville Cohen devised new 'special effect' techniques based on
photographs of projected images in the early 1960's. Years before computer manipulation existed,
his fascinating creations taken on Kodachrome transparency film, won the top international photographic awards of the time.
Quite a number of major one-man exhibitions have been held, several
sponsored by Kodak, in Europe and the U.S.A. An entire wing was devoted to his work at 'Photo Expo'
held at the Coliseum, New York. Over 40 of his studies were exhibited, when
even the most famous photographers were lucky to have three, or four pictures
He became one of the leaders in gaining recognition of colour photography as an art form.
In 1969 he opened the first Gallery (probably in Europe) devoted to
contemporary photography. 'Viewfinder' in Oxford Street, Marble Arch, London,
sadly proved to be too far ahead of its time.
As the proprietor of a studio based in the historic Jewellery Quarter of Birmingham, he
provided both a graphic design and print consultancy, as well as a commercial
photography practice. Most of his reputation however was gained as an amateur,
before he turned professional, when photography was an enjoyable hobby.
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Aware of the need for copyright-free, high resolution digital images, he
became a producer of PhotoCD library disks. Each disk contains 100 of his
specially created background photographs for the professional design market and desk top
publishers. These are sold world wide under the title 'Photobackings 100.'
Also available to view at this site - See PHOTOBACKINGS 100
To my darling wife Trudy, for all her love, kindness and patience.
To my dear parents Betty & George for far too many things to mention here.
To Kodak for so much encouragement and help in the past, both in the promotion and the
organising of those important one-man exhibitions.
To all the other organisations that have arranged exhibitions, or published my work.
To many treasured friends, family, and all those who have helped, encouraged, or expressed
their interest in my photography over the years - my grateful thanks.
I dedicate this article to my granddaughter Melissa.
Who was born just as I completed this portfolio.
9th October 1995
All the quotations for this portfolio have been found in:
Oxford Dictionary of Quotations' published by the Oxford University Press:
Dictionary of Quotations' published by Penguin Books Limited;
'The Book of 1,000
Poems' published by Evans Brothers Limited.
With many thanks to each of the respective publishers.
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