August 29, 2012

John Neville Cohen

If you are one of the privileged few, having been very fortunate, you probably own at least two homes (one of them will be a large villa, or mansion) and possibly one of them is abroad. You will have paid a top architect and an interior designer, to create your most valued palace, and specialist landscape gardeners will manage your gardens so that everything is beautiful . . . the rest of us can just dream on!

But how then do you go about adding your own personal statement to your magnificent home?  This is when works of art are considered; again you can call on the experts too and pay an art consultant, or specialist to guide you.  But eventually there will come a time when you will want to buy and display your own choice of picture.  What then are your main options?

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Which Contemporary Artist is Best to Buy and Most Likely to Increase in Value?

July 31, 2012

Considering buying a picture by a Contemporary artist and you want a far less expensive work than a Picasso, or an Andy Warholl, but let us admit you also want it to be a good investment. You really are hoping that your chosen artist might well be discovered big time and suddenly be worth many more times what you paid and preferably sooner than later! So what should you be looking for?

In times when currencies are at risk and the stock market fails to do well, the chances of success(by choosing the right artist) are far better than those with the Lottery!

By being careful about what you buy and in choosing the right artist, although there is always an element of risk, the chances of losing any value are minimal.

Whilst I am not making any claims to be any kind of expert, I have been a keen successful collector for many years of various art forms and antiques that have mostly increased greatly in value. I do hope that by sharing with you my instincts that these will prove to be of some help to you. Obviously, just in case the picture you end up choosing, doesn’t jump up tremendously in value, it is most important that you really like your choice, so that at least you will enjoy living with it.

Your choice of picture says something about you, so what sort of picture should you look for? Here are a couple of my suggestions of how to begin the selection process: –

  • Firstly look for something artistic that you find attractive and beautiful, preferably a picture you feel sure your friends will admire and comment on.
  • It is best to choose an inspiring picture, that makes a statement, or that has something fascinating about it.
  • Then do some research on the artist.

Be very wary of all the hype, art critics and so-called experts who claim to know everything. These days you can search on the Internet and no longer be restricted to the local Galleries, you can search and find art from all over the world without leaving home. This means you can view the pictures you like and avoid all the sales talk. But how should you consider your choice of artist, if you want to have the best chance of your artist becoming suddenly famous and priceless? To have any such chance of succeeding your artist: –

  • Needs to have developed a recognisable different style, or show exceptional original creativity.
  • Should have already created a reasonable number of works that demonstrate a consistent style and originality.
  • Should already have received some recognition, from having held several important one-man exhibitions and received already some worthwhile press, or write-ups.

In the past the artists that eventually become the most sought after, are those that created their own style, where they were the first to do something original, or different, and they made use of it consistently to best advantage. Some sadly, would also add choose someone old, rather than young, as so often artworks tend to be far more appreciated soon after the artist has died.

Of the painters, at the moment I am favouring Sir Bernard Fleetwood Walker R.A. because he has a style of his own that has not yet been fully appreciated. My personal view is Sir William Russell Flint R.A. painted wonderful watercolours and although they are already highly valued, I still think they will continue to increase in value.

I am not aware of any really great changes in painting that are sure of success. There are some who make use of spray paints and I have seen a few unusual textures where cement and sand have been used mixed with the paints. There are pictures created in three dimensions by layering cut out prints, stuck closely on top of each other, there are small boxed frames filled with carefully chosen objects as pictures, there are paintings embellished with Swarovski crystals, or small mirrors and other materials, also there have been mixed media pictures making use of all sorts of materials to form an image. But although different, I do not see many of these as ever being considered as great art works, it is really a matter of hunting for only the most exceptional examples, if any of these techniques appeal to you.

PHOTOGRAPHY
But the most dramatic and exciting changes have been with photography! Photography is now a valued art form, as are limited edition prints (providing the edition number is not too large – should be well under 50). So what is new?

Thanks to digital imaging there are now computer-generated pictures, such as ‘fractals’. But as the computer made them, rather than the artist, I doubt that they will ever be highly valued. With computer manipulation, mixed blended images that were never possible before, can now be created, these artists should be studied.

I have seen some graffiti light painting pictures that are rather different. The new computer HDR(high dynamic range) images that provide a much greater range of definition at different light intensity levels are also impressive and can be very atmospheric (far more so than ever before).

But what matters most is the end result; it is the picture that counts, the artistic vision is so much more important than the technique.

Having said that, certain photographic pictures could only be achieved because of the technique. As an example, there is a unique technique that involves photographing projected images that have been projected on to other objects. This has successfully been used to create some very interesting and quite different pictures.

I believe that if you follow my guidelines, you will find pictures worth buying that really could prove to be a great investment.

Good Luck with your hunt, hoping you enjoy the search and that you do find a winner.

The author has been a very keen Asian antique collector for many years helping to create ‘The Cohen Collection’ but he is also an artist.  For much more information with lots of photographs seehis limited editions of only 8 of each picture (up to 60” or 150cm longest side!) at: –
http://www.artist-john-cohen.net

You can also be kept informed on John N. Cohen’s ‘Painting with Light’ Facebook Fan page
http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/Painting-With-Light/208903157734

Buying Affordable Contemporary Art, But Which Artist is Most Likely to Increase in Value?

July 28, 2012

If you are looking to buy a picture by a Contemporary artist, but want a less expensive work than a Picasso, or an Andy Warholl, yet at the same time you hope your chosen artist might well be discovered big time and prove that you made a great investment.

Then what should you be looking for?

Whilst I am not making any claims to be any kind of expert, I have been a keen collector for many years of various art forms and antiques (that mostly have increased greatly in value) and so I hope that sharing my instincts will be of some help to you.  Obviously, just in case the picture you end up choosing doesn’t jump up in value, it is most important that you really like your choice, as you will be living with it.

In times when currencies are at risk and the stock market fails to do well, the chances of success (by choosing the right artist) are far better than those with the Lottery!

Your choice of picture says something about you, so what sort of picture should you look for?   Here are a couple of suggestions of how to begin the selection process: –

  • Look for something artistic that you find attractive and beautiful, preferably a picture you feel sure your friends will admire and comment on.
  • It is best to choose an inspiring picture, that makes a statement, or that has something fascinating about it.

I suggest you be very wary of all the hype, art critics and so-called experts who claim to know everything.  So how should you consider your choice of artist, if you want to have the best chance of your artist becoming suddenly famous and priceless?   To have any such chance of succeeding your artist: –

  • Needs to have developed a recognisable different style, or show exceptional original creativity.
  • Should have already created a reasonable number of works that demonstrate consistent originality.
  • Should already have received some recognition, from having held several important one-man exhibitions and received already some worthwhile press, or write-ups.

In the past the artists that eventually become the most sought after, are those that created their own style, where they were the first to do something original, or different, and they made use of it consistently to best advantage.

Of the painters, I am favouring Sir Bernard Fleetwood Walker R.A. because he has a style of his own that has not yet been fully appreciated.  My personal view is Sir William Russell Flint R.A. painted wonderful watercolours and although they are already highly valued, I still think they will continue to increase in value.

I am not aware of any really great changes in painting that are sure of success.   There are some who make use of spray paints and I have seen a few unusual textures where cement and sand have been used mixed with the paints.  There are pictures created in three dimensions by layering cut out prints, stuck closely on top of each other, there are small boxed frames filled with carefully chosen objects as pictures, there are paintings embellished with Swarovski crystals, or small mirrors and other materials, also there have been mixed media pictures making use of all sorts of materials to form an image.   But although different, I do not see many of these as ever being considered as great art works, it is really a matter of hunting for only the most exceptional examples, if any of these techniques appeal to you.

But the most dramatic and exciting changes have been with photography.  Photography is now a valued art form, as are limited edition prints (providing the edition number is not too large – should be well under 50). But what is new?

Thanks to digital imaging there are now computer-generated pictures, such as ‘fractals’.  But as the computer made them, rather than the artist, I doubt that they will ever be highly valued.  With computer manipulation, mixed blended images that were never possible before, can now be created.  These should be studied.

I have seen some graffiti light painting pictures that are rather different.  The new computer HDR (high dynamic range) images that provide a much greater range of definition at different light intensity levels are also impressive and can be very atmospheric.

But what matters most, is the end result, it is the picture that counts, far more than the technique!

Having said that, certain pictures could only be achieved because of the technique.  As an example, I would like to draw your attention to my own works John Neville Cohen (as I would prefer to sell my pictures, for good prices whilst I am still alive).  Many photographers have used the name ‘Painting with Light’ but the pictures I created by photographing projected images that have been projected on to other objects, are known more appropriately as ‘Painting with Light’.  Not yet fully appreciated, but this is one of the most interesting purely photographic techniques, that is unique.  I believe once seen you will agree that my pictures also meet all the criteria mentioned.

Good Luck with your hunt, hoping you find a winner.

The author has been a very keen Asian antique collector for many years helping to create ‘The Cohen Collection’ but he is also an artist.  For much more information with lots of photographs see his limited editions of only 8 of each picture (up to 60” or 150cm longest side!) at: – http://www.artist-john-cohen.net

You can also be kept informed on John N. Cohen’s ‘Painting with Light’ Facebook Fan page
http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/Painting-With-Light/208903157734

Chains Carved Out of a Single Piece of Jade Rock – Chinese Jade Chain Vases

July 21, 2012

The Chinese have revered and carved Jade and Nethrite for generations, and still do.  The modern 20th century carvers use all the latest machinery and technology to carve this very hard, brittle material.  But all of the antique jade carvings were lovingly made by hand and have been highly valued throughout the ages.

Personally, I far prefer the antique jade carvings (up to the first part of the 19th century) as these were always carved from a single stone, with rather basic tools, and they often took a very long time to complete.  Yet, most of these carvings have qualities that are far more beautiful than the modern ones.  They managed to carve attractive bottles and vases that are wonderfully hollowed out, sometimes through such a small opening at the top, as is the case with Snuff Bottles, it is incredible how they have been made, so that even the shoulders of the bottles are finely hollowed.      

What I also find fascinating are the amazing vases, with covers, which are connected by a chain, where everything has been carved out of just one stone!  I even know of some jade vases with covers that have a double chain attaching the lid to the vase on either side.  

There are some where the cover is separate and the double chain is used to hang the vase from an elaborate, often pierced, carved jade hanger.  

I have not found any reference on how jade chains are carved on the Internet, or anything about jade-chained vases so I decided to publish this article.  But I did find an interesting YouTube.com video, on how to carve chains from a single piece of wood (by searching YouTube for ‘wood carving chain’) and I presume this is how the chains would also have been carved in other materials, including jade.  

But to consider how difficult it must be to conceive of carving a beautiful well proportioned (well hollowed out) vase, plus a perfectly fitting cover, with a long chain of evenly formed links, all to be carved out of a single jade boulder is something I find quite staggering!   

Which brings me to the question of value.  For some reason, currently, Chinese jade-chained vases are not that highly valued, in monetary terms, compared with other antique jade carvings. This is because connoisseurs and antique jade collectors consider them, as nothing more than cabinet pieces, simply made for display rather than for use, and worse still they were only made for the export market!   

I too, as a collector, tend to value more the Chinese carvings that were made for personal use; such as pendants, snuff bottles, water droppers, archer’s rings and handling pieces.  But as there are such an amazing amount of high quality skills involved, in carving these chained vases, I do feel that these lovely works of art should be far more highly appreciated. Fashions do exist in the collecting world and I am sure one day, these chained vases will be highly sought after.

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The author has been a very keen collector for many years in helping to create ‘The Cohen collection’.  http://www.jncohen.com

Facebook Fan Page for this author John Neville Cohen Fan Page  

 

How and Why to Buy Art, Even if You Are Super Rich!

July 2, 2012

If you are one of the privileged few, who having been fortunate, now own at least two homes (one of them will be a large villa, or mansion), you have possibly paid a top architect and an interior designer, to create your palace, and your gardens are managed by specialist landscape gardeners and everything is beautiful – the rest of us can just dream on!  

But how do you then go about adding your own personal statement to your magnificent home?  This is when works of art are considered, but even here you can call on the experts too and pay an art consultant, or specialist to guide you.  But eventually there will come a time when you will want to buy and display your own choice of picture.  What then are your main options? 

Some people have chosen to buy the most expensive picture they can possibly find, simply to show off that they can afford it.  Just think of the new owner of ‘The Scream’ that was recently purchased for $119.9 million, as an example.  Was it bought because of loving it, or as an investment, or to demonstrate that the owner could afford it?  In the past so many enormously expensive contemporary pictures have never been resold, without making rather a big loss, so the investment angle seems unlikely. 

Whatever is considered great in contemporary art is subject to change; it is only great at a particular time, mainly because the amount paid says that it is!  There are only a few names that have survived the test of time; such as Picasso, or Andy Warhol, but many others eventually simply fall by the wayside. 

If you are not so inclined to simply buy the most expensive, you then have many other choices.  But the picture you choose will say something about you; so you should make sure it is one of the focal points of your home and given pride of place, as well as being something that you enjoy. 

When thinking about the value of various artists’ works, many unknowns over time can suddenly become sought after, whilst others in big demand can go out of fashion.  So the best advice is to simply follow your heart – not your head, nor the experts. 

Today you no longer need to rely on art galleries, trying to sell you what they consider are the finest ever.  With the Internet there are so many, from all over the world, art galleries to be found, allowing you to view at leisure, without having to bother with the sales pitch.  But more interestingly, there are now very original, excellent artists that now have their own sites.  Exploring and hunting Internationally is now a reality.

Beware of the experts, who make a living by convincing others that they know about art, even though they have never created anything themselves, as the art world is really such a very fickle business, mostly influenced by the amount of money paid.  They talk a lot and come up with various theories, all based on what has sold recently, mainly to maintain their own life style, but they also have no idea of what will be fashionable next.

Does it need to be an original painting, or could it be a limited edition print?  It has been said that limited edition prints are mainly for those with a lot more taste.  Today limited edition prints are highly respected, valued as highly as paintings, and often they have appreciated in value too.  So the choice is yours.

Should it be chosen simply because it is something beautiful, the right colour, something dramatic, classical, or should it be of flowers, a portrait, a scene, or an abstract?  How should you decide? 

Well really no one can tell you!  You should simply choose what attracts you and only buy what you really like, or rely on your wife, husband, or partner.  Otherwise, if you dare not back your own judgement, pay the experts, but then is what you call home really your own?

The author has been a very keen Asian antique collector for many years helping to create ‘The Cohen Collection’ but he is also an artist.  For much more information with lots of photographs see http://www.jncohen.net

To keep informed please join John Neville Cohen’s Facebook Fan Page https://www.facebook.com/pages/John.Neville.Cohen

What is So Special About the Amazing Art of John Neville Cohen?

April 29, 2012

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. JNC 

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 full!

There are three reasons why John’s art is so special: –

  • Firstly, 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. 
  • Secondly, 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. 
  • Thirdly, 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 ‘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

Beauty is

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 book!

Madam Butterfly

Preacher

Montmartre

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’) a wall of over 60 pictures was devoted to John.

“..regarded as one of Britain’s most original photographers”  The Times.

“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”  Arts Revue. 

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.

Flower Maiden

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.

Sea Nymph’s Mirror

John 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 as ‘favourites’.

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.

Roller

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.

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 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.

http://www.artist-john-cohen.net

‘Painting with Light’ by John Neville cohen

April 29, 2012

All about the unique visual art form of ‘Painting with Light’ photography, invented by John Neville Cohen, that enabled him to win various top awards for his pictures and to have over 20 one-man important exhibitions of his artworks in the USA and UK. John has great artistic vision and in talking about his own art he describes how it was inspired accidents that led to the creation of his best limited edition prints. His art is for sale, for art buyers and serious art lovers. For those wishing to buy artwork by this artist, it is still possible to purchase a print at his website.

Some of the Wealthiest Chinese are Now Investing in 18th Century Jade!

November 3, 2011

Jadeite and Nephrite (both referred to as jade) have been highly valued for thousands of years, especially by the Chinese.  But for so many years it has mostly been the Western world that took over this fascination of collecting antique jade carvings.  Here in Europe and the USA much has been published and there have been many dedicated collectors and antique jade experts that created and influenced the market values.

But recently the wealthy Chinese have become very interested in jade again, but so far they mainly regard jade as an investment commodity.  As most of the usual forms of investment, currencies and property have all proved so precarious, perhaps these successful millionaires are being very shrewd!  This is why prices have now changed beyond belief!

The European and American collectors have highly valued the craftsmanship of antique jade pieces, some 19th Century, but particularly from the 18th Century and earlier; much has been studied and published for the benefit of other collectors.

Apart from the quality of the carving and the period of the piece, when considering jade, there is another consideration that can add value, that being the colour of the stone.  Many people do not realise how many colours of jade there are.  Antique jade carvings can be found in white, mutton-fat, various shades of green, yellow and lilac, black, even in red, and these can be a factor in the price.  Also if there is a seal (so many wonderful pieces have no signature) but if the seal is genuine (many were inscribed later) then this too adds to the value.  So for a very long period these were the main criteria that influenced the price.

Gradually antique jade of quality, has become more and more valuable.  This caused the Chinese to cash in by making lots of new copies of earlier jade pieces and they carved various others in less valuable stones, but called them jade too! So many have flooded the market.  They have also discovered ways of adding colour to jade.  However, very few collectors found any difficulty in recognising these, as nothing more than the cheap fakes, or modern copies that they are.  To be sure that the colour has not been added requires strong magnification, so it is not that easy to check.  I believe that over time the dyed stones revert back to the original colour, so to pay extra for bright lavender, yellow or green jade could prove most painful!

Subsequently some of these modern fakes are so much better (the carving has improved) and there are now a number of more difficult to identify fakes.  So there has become another important factor that affects the value and this is the question of ‘Provenance’.  Every jade is now regarded with suspicion, unless it can be established as having been in a well known collection, or auction that dates back to the time when these fakes were easy to spot, or better still, to an even earlier period.

So this has been the way of things, for quite a number of years, whilst I was collecting.  But now values are changing dramatically in a way that is hard for the collectors like myself to understand!  These Chinese investors are buying back their heritage, but more as an investment than as collectors.  They have decided that 18th Century pieces of a pure colour with no flaws and certainly not mottled are their preference, they particularly prize pure bright white jade, or pure green, as well as the bright emerald green that is often used in jewellery.  Also any of these jade carvings that happen to have a good seal mark (even if this seal is not genuine) now command a much higher value.

Talking of a much higher value, this is where the older collectors are now really confounded.  Because if we consider a well carved, good quality pure white 18th century jade carving, that would normally have sold for our expected highest value, in any auction these days, this same piece will probably sell for anything from 4 to 8 times that figure, to a Chinese investor!  But a similar in quality piece, that includes a flaw in the stone (often these were brilliantly carved making clever use of any flaws) and valued just as highly by past collectors, or a similarly valued piece, but in a mottled colour, today will certainly not appeal to these Chinese investors and so will not sell for such a huge sum, making our sense of values hard for us to reconcile.

The hope is that in time the Chinese will recognise the same values, as us older collectors, also that they will become collectors rather than investors, but who knows?

The author has been a very keen collector for many years in helping to create ‘The Cohen collection’.
http://www.jncohen.com/

Facebook Fan Page for John-Neville-Cohen

Interesting New Possibilities for Art Consultants and Interior Designers

September 19, 2010

Since all of John’s original pictures are photographs that are now in digital format, he is prepared to offer consultants and designers much more than just different sizes!

Many of his abstract studies are already available and shown, in a range of colours, but John is also prepared, for interior designers and art consultants without any obligation, to alter any of his works by creating a new (different) original picture especially for you, without any obligation.

This new picture will be based on the picture you select, but it will then feature any predominant colour required.   Just send a sample of the colour (wished for in the picture) and let him know which picture is favoured.   Also it will help if you suggest an idea of the mood (such as muted or vibrant) and indicate colourful, or limited colours.   John will then provide at least a couple of new images for your consideration.

Your more discerning clients should appreciate that each picture will still be a John Cohen original that will have far more value, than just a manipulated copy print taken from a painting.

More Information About John Neville Cohen

Winner of the most important photographic International awards and attracted the attention of 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.

The London Salon Trophy
The first time this much coveted International artistic photography trophy had ever been awarded for a colour photograph was in 1967.   Presented to John for ‘Spirit of Spring’.  This was the first time a transparency and a negative appeared on the same Kodachrome transparency film emulsion.   Created by his own invented technique of ‘Painting with Light’.   This unique technique involved photographing projected images that were not always projected on to a screen.   He was also the youngest salon member ever to have received this trophy.

Over 20 One-Man Exhibitions of his photographs (some were sponsored by Kodak) in New York, London, The Edinburgh Festival and many other UK and USA Cities.

He has received favourable reviews and comments in ‘The Times‘ and ‘Arts Review‘, apart from many other newspapers and photographic magazines.

His limited editions (of only 8 of each picture) can be seen at: –
http://www.jncohen.net/Painting_with_Light/index.htm

To see examples of John’s new images, in different colours, please have a look at: –
http://www.jncohen.net/Limited%20Edition%20Prints/Consultants.htm

You can also be kept informed on John N. Cohen’s Facebook Fan page at: –
http://en-gb.facebook.com/pages/Painting-With-Light/208903157734

The Magical Magic Lantern and Painting with Light

August 4, 2010

John invented his own form of ‘Painting with light’ (a very different and original ‘special effect’ technique), without using any computer, darkroom chemicals, or expensive equipment to create his unique top international award winning transparencies.

His technique is pure photography on film and has nothing to do with moving lights to make light graffiti, or of lighting specific parts of a dark scene with a long exposure. What it does involve is the photographing of projected images on to other things.

John has found that the projector really lives up to its earlier known name – ‘The Magic Lantern’, as what can be done with projectors for photographers really is magical!

One of his best known pictures was titled ‘Spirit of Spring’, this was the first ever picture taken on Kodachrome (transparency film) that included both a negative of a tulip and a positive image of a girl’s portrait, all on the same emulsion!

No one knew at the time, how this could be possible, as it was created well before anyone had the use of computers.

This little known technique involves the photographing of projected images, sometimes; he projected his image through a crystal, or reflected the projected image off various reflective surfaces, or through coloured cellophane, the projected image could be a negative, (colour or black and white) and he even used three or four projectors all together at times.

The chosen screen often became the subject of the picture, John has photographed projected images on to a shell, a flower, a butterfly wing, even the edges of the pages of a book!

His freely available article titled ‘The Magic Lantern’ fully describes and explains exactly how anyone and everyone can do it. ‘The Magic Lantern’ can be found at –
http://www.jncohen.net/photmagi/cg030001.htm

Digital camera users could also use many of his techniques, as these special effects have certain qualities that are a little different from those achievable by digital manipulation.

‘Spirit of Spring’ won The London Salon Trophy in 1967; this was then the first time a colour picture was deemed worthy of this much-coveted trophy, for it had only ever been awarded before for Black and White photographs. John was also the youngest member to have won it.

There have been over 20 One-Man Exhibitions of John’s photography (many were sponsored by Kodak) at major venues; 2 were held in New York, 4 in London, The Edinburgh Festival and many other UK & USA Cities.

Favourable reviews and comments were received about John’s photography from; Cecil Beaton C.B.E., Sir William Russell Flint R.A., Lady Clementine Spencer-Churchill, Sir George F. Pollock Bt., M.A., F.R.P.S., F.R.S.A., ‘The Times’ and ‘Arts Review’ to name a few!

John is currently creating new pictures “I use pure photography to express ideas, or thoughts, rather than reality. I trust that my pictures will intrigue, cause interest and be appreciated as very original art works that make quite a statement!”

John N. Cohen an artist and international top award winning photographer, has other interests too, please have a look at http://www.jncohen.net to see more of his new pictures please see http://www.jncohen.net/Painting_with_Light/index.htm


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