is a term often used by photographers. But John Neville Cohen used
his own invented form of 'Painting with light' (a very
different and original 'special effect' technique), without
any computer, to create his unique international award winning
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!
one knew at the time, how this could be possible as it was
created well before anyone had the use of computers.
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.
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
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.
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.
have been over 20 One-Man Exhibitions of John Neville 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.
reviews and comments were received about John's photography
from; Cecil Beaton C.B.E., Sir William Russell Flint
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!
is still 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
His limited editions (of only 8 of each picture) can be seen at: -
To see examples of
John’s new images, in different colours, please have a look
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Neville Cohen international top award winning photographer and
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