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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

A very unusual use of Kodachrome

July 29, 2010

‘Painting with light’ is a term often used by photographers.  But John N. Cohen used his own invented form of ‘Painting with light’ (a very different and original ‘special effect’ technique), without any computer, to create his international award winning transparencies.

One of his top award winning pictures was titled ‘Spirit of Spring’, this was the first ever picture (it was 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 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’s free publication titled ‘The Magic Lantern’ fully describes this form of ‘Painting with Light’ and explains exactly how anyone can do it, without any computer, darkroom chemicals, or expensive equipment!

Digital camera users could also use many of his techniques as they have certain qualities that are a little different from those achievable by digital manipulation.  Please have a look at ‘The Magic Lantern’ http://www.jncohen.net/photmagi/cg030001.htm

‘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 studies.  John was also the youngest member to have won it.

Reference: Wikipedia about John’s ‘Painting With Light’
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_painting#Technique_and_equipment

There have been over 20 One-Man Exhibitions of John N. Cohen’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!

A very different form of ‘Painting with Light’

July 29, 2010

‘Painting with light’ is a term often used by photographers.  But John N. Cohen used his own invented form of ‘Painting with light’ (a very different and original ‘special effect’ technique), without any computer, to create his international award winning transparencies.

One of his top award winning pictures was titled ‘Spirit of Spring’, this was the first ever picture (it was 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 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’s free publication titled ‘The Magic Lantern’ fully describes this form of ‘Painting with Light’ and explains exactly how anyone can do it, without any computer, darkroom chemicals, or expensive equipment!

Digital camera users could also use many of his techniques as they have certain qualities that are a little different from those achievable by digital manipulation.  Please have a look at ‘The Magic Lantern’ http://www.jncohen.net/photmagi/cg030001.htm

‘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 studies.  John was also the youngest member to have won it.

Reference: Wikipedia about John’s ‘Painting With Light’
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Light_painting#Technique_and_equipment

There have been over 20 One-Man Exhibitions of John N. Cohen’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!

Inspired Accidents Whilst Painting With Light

February 9, 2010

Photography was just a hobby, but a very successful hobby, as John Cohen won the most important 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 others.

Painting with light is all about photographing projected images that surprisingly are not often projected on to a screen.  John discovered the projector really is a ‘magic lantern’!  Computers and digital images were unknown at the time when some of his finest pictures were created over 40 years ago.  Yet they have stood up to the test of time and are still considered exceptional, making quite a statement!

It was by chance, seeing an image projected, partly on the curtains and wallpaper that started this unique art form.  By moving the projector and focusing on to other objects, noting how they distorted the image and influenced the texture and shape, led to the idea of photographing what could be seen.  Then by adding more projectors he was also able to blend different images too and so ‘painting with light’ began.

John started with an idea and experimented with various images, but sometimes something unforeseen happened, that sent him down a totally fresh route to create a very different picture than were originally planned, it is these ‘inspired accidents’ that have since turned out to be his very best works.

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 N. Cohen for his creation ‘Spirit of Spring’ he was also the youngest salon member ever to have received it. ‘Spirit of Spring’ was created by his own technique of ‘painting with light’ that enabled him to blend a portrait transparency with a negative of a tulip on the same emulsion. This technique involved photographing projected images that were not always projected on to a screen.

He subsequently had over 20 One-Man Exhibitions of his photography (some were sponsored by Kodak) 2 held in New York, 4 in London, The Edinburgh Festival and many other UK & USA Cities.

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

His original ‘Painting With Light’ pictures intrigue and make quite a statement!  Now his pictures are just becoming available for sale as limited editions.

“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.

John uses ‘painting with light’ (rather than computer manipulation) to express ideas, or thoughts, rather than reality.

A free fully described article ‘The Magic Lantern’ of how to do it is available.

FOR MUCH MORE INFORMATION: –
John N. Cohen’s website
John N. Cohen’s contact details
Reviews and Exhibitions
Sir George Pollock Introduction
John N. Cohen’s pictures
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