Shelley with Water, Umbrella and Colour Bars

Shelley with Water, Umbrella and Colour Bars


This was shot on Polaroid film, courtesy of a generous grant that came from Polaroid via Elko Wolf, a director at the company. "I shot it using a Mamiya 6x7", Thornton says. It depicts Shelley Stevens, styled in a green dress drenched in water. A yellow umbrella floats to her right as if she has just let go of it to protect herself against the water. Perhaps most striking about the photograph are its colours- greens bouncing of orange tiled walls, and the colour testers adding an abstract touch to the artwork. Thornton goes on to note that "for the show at Reading Room in Soho we needed prints, so we copied it to a transparency by re-photographing the original. When I was checking the printing, the shot appeared with the colour bars on either side for registration. I decided against cutting them off because I loved the effect. The model was Shelley Stevens, hence the title created itself."

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Photoshoot Details

Date    : 1980

Model : Shelley Stevens


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Small: 41 x 51 cm (16 x 20″) | Edition: 300


Medium: 61 x 76 cm (24 x 30″) | Edition: 200


Large: 102 x 127 cm (40 x 50″) | Edition: 100


Source

The Image Thornton Fine Art Photography Archive Trust


Certification

Certificate of Authenticity provided by The Image Thornton Fine Art Photography Archive Trust


Signed

One-Off Edition Signed by Johnny Thornton. Limited Edition Prints with Facsimilie Signature available upon request. All Signed pieces have COA.


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Playing With My Train

PLAYING WITH MY TRAIN


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "To get this shot the way I wanted it, this was set up in my studio so I could control the light. The idea came when I remembered seeing a silent movie of a woman being tied to the railway track by the villain which had for me S & M undertones. I adjusted this to what I felt was a modern S & M situation with a toy train and thus the title 'At home playing with my train'. I am not sure who said No art is new, just a rehash of what has already been done but I guess that's what being inspired by others is all about."

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“Smoking kills; so does being hit by a moving train.”


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Photoshoot Details

Date : 1979


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Small: 46 x 30 cm (18 x 12″) | Edition: 300


Medium: 91 x 61 cm (36 x 24″) | Edition: 200


Large: 152 x 102 cm (60 x 40″) | Edition: 100


Framing Options

Soho Black Frame (recommended)

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Phallic Symbolism

PHALLIC SYMBOLISM


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "I was invited to do another photographic demonstration in Spain as I had done with my 300 Voyeurs. This time I must say the result was nowhere near as good. I was staying in the Ritz Hotel that overlooks The Prado, where the pure scale and beauty of the Velazquez, Goya and Rubens paintings are staggering. My room looked out at an obelisk in the distance, which for me was extremely phallic, so I put the model in an erotic situation."

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Photoshoot Details

Location : Madrid, Spain

Date        : 1987


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Small: 30 x 46 cm (12 x 18″) | Edition: 300


Medium: 61 x 91 cm (24 x 36″) | Edition: 200


Large: 81 x 122 cm (32 x 48″) | Edition: 100


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Soho Black Frame (recommended)

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Melrose Ave

Melrose Ave


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "Shot in Cabbell Street, where I lived with my first girlfriend in the UK, Susan Mary Young. The model was Rita Pennington. The chair was from a local shop in Marylebone and had been designed to seat 2-3 people in the garden, I just loved the look of it. The title comes from a David Hockney print that I left in the flat when I walked out leaving Susan and my young daughter Saskia. I left with just my cameras, clothes and my Art Nouveau wardrobe. I still have the wardrobe, but sadly my daughter hasn't spoken to me for 40 years."

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“A photograph is captured in a split second but can last for an eternity.”


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Photoshoot Details

Location : Cabbell Street NW1, London

Date        : 1975

Model     : Rita Pennington


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Small: 46 x 30 cm (18 x 12″) | Edition: 300


Medium: 91 x 61 cm (36 x 24″) | Edition: 200


Large: 122 x 81 cm (48 x 32″) | Edition: 100


Framing Options

Soho Black Frame (recommended)

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Love in The House of The Nobleman

LOVE IN THE HOUSE OF THE NOBLEMAN


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“There is a photograph everywhere, the big problem is that most people rush by and never give themselves time to take in what is in front of their eyes.”


Johnny Thornton

A quick interlude


The Star of the Show

Along with the limited edition prints, we also have a one-of-a-kind Carbro printed piece.

It is absolutely stunning.

This is incredibly unique, we have been informed the price to the general public is £24,000.

But, as ONGallery is acting as the agent for the Trust, no VAT is applicable, currently.

Once these works are added to our main sales website, we will be required to add VAT which will increase the price by 20%.

Time is of the essence if you want to take advantage of this though!

Carbro Printing:

The principles of carbro printing were laid down in the 1860's. Because it is such a time-consuming process, it gradually lost popularity when other, more expedient processes became available.

It consists of making individually the elements of a highlight, mid-tone and shadow of a negative in a pigmented gelatin layer. Each of these layers are then combined in register to re- create the final image. This image, consisting of translucent layers, can be laid down on to various different substrates such as paper, metal or wood. The image exhibits a physical topographical relief which is more pronounced the smoother the substrate. The pigment used is charcoal which will never fade This archivability is further enhanced by the fact that there is no residual chemistry in the print, only gelatin and pigment. To make each print takes a total of some 2 days work spread over some 15 days. It should be pointed out that when a print is made onto an aluminium panel, this is not a paper print that is then mounted onto metal, but a photographic image that is created on the metal itself.

In the present times where digital prints such as ink-jet and lite–jet and lambda are easy to produce and therefore very common; we have seen, as with platinum prints, that prints made in Carbro have an 'added value' to collectors, and they are willing to invest in this. Because each print in an edition is individually crafted, there are subtle variations in them that make each a unique 'one-off'.

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Photoshoot Details

Date : 2012


Size

Frame: 135 cm x 115 cm | Large

Image: 80 cm x 66 cm


Source

The Image Thornton Fine Art Photography Archive Trust


Certification

Certificate of Authenticity provided by The Image Thornton Fine Art Photography Archive Trust


Signed

One-Off Edition Signed by Johnny Thornton. Limited Edition Prints with Facsimilie Signature available upon request. All Signed pieces have COA.


Framing Options

This piece comes framed and ready to ship

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This piece is extremely rare and has limited availability. If you would like to take advantage and have some pieces from our collection, please contact us immediately. Once sold, there is no guarantee they will be available again any time in the near future.

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Lady With Lamp

Lady With Lamp


Thornton recounts, "I shot this during my 'stuffed animal period'. My favourite film was and still is 'The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie' by Luis Brunel. I loved how there was line between reality and fantasy and for me this image is very much same. I shot it in Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire. It was the home of Lord Brocket who was detained at Her Majesty's Pleasure in 1996 for breaking up and hiding three Ferraris and a Maserati from his £20m collection, then claiming they had been stolen in a bid to clear his debts. Charles later found fame on 'I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here'."

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“Life is made magical by the people you meet.”


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Photoshoot Details

Location : Brocket Hall, Hertfordshire

Date        : 1975


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Small: 46 x 30 cm (18 x 12″) | Edition: 300


Medium: 91 x 61 cm (36 x 24″) | Edition: 200


Large: 122 x 81 cm (48 x 32″) | Edition: 100


Framing Options

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I Love Suspenders

I Love Suspenders


In this playful image, the cat and the stockings are playfully held up with balloons. "It was shot in my flat in Hyde Park Mansions", Johnny Thornton recounts, "the model was my friend Debbie Moore who went on to become Debbie Moore OBE after she set up Pineapple Dance Studios, then moved into her clothing line."

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“If you can’t live with my antics in the past, how are you going to live with my crazy antics in the future?”


Johnny Thornton

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Photoshoot Details

Location : Hyde Park Mansions, London

Date        : 1975

Model     : Debbie Moore


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Small: 46 x 30 cm (18 x 12″) | Edition: 300


Medium: 91 x 61 cm (36 x 24″) | Edition: 200


Large: 122 x 81 cm (48 x 32″) | Edition: 100


Framing Options

Soho Black Frame (recommended)

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I Spy With My Little Eye

I SPY WITH MY LITTLE EYE


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "This was shot in Freddy Bannister's house in Knightsbridge. Freddy was the promoter who set up the Bath and Knebworth Festivals with The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Beatles, The Who, Genesis, Frank Zappa and Santana to mention a few. I had the idea of a tiger looking through a window and came up with the title from the children's game 'I spy with my little eye'."

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“The eye of the photographer sees the picture, the camera is merely there to record what he has seen.”


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Photoshoot Details

Location : Knightsbridge, London

Date        : 1974


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Small: 46 x 30 cm (18 x 21″) | Edition: 300


Medium: 91 x 61 cm (36 x 24″) | Edition: 200


Large: 122 x 81 cm (48 x 32″) | Edition: 100


Framing Options

Soho Belgravia Frame (recommended)

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Holding My Heart

HOLDING MY HEART


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "My infatuation with my ex-wife Alex is manifest in this image, photographed in Barry Ryan's flat in Kensington. Barry decided to make adjoining rooms, smashing down part of the separating wall with a sledgehammer. On seeing this, I thought it would make an appropriate image, as Magritte and his views through structures had influenced me. Subsequently, I photographed Alex holding onto a red rope attached to a glowing, floating heart."

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“Love what you do; and do what you love.”


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Photoshoot Details

Location : Kensington, London

Date        : 1989

Model     : Alex Argent


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Small: 46 x 30 cm (18 x 12″) | Edition: 300


Medium: 91 x 61 cm (36 x 24″) | Edition: 200


Large: 152 x 102 cm (60 x 40″) | Edition: 100


Source

The Image Thornton Fine Art Photography Archive Trust


Certification

Certificate of Authenticity provided by The Image Thornton Fine Art Photography Archive Trust


Signed

One-Off Edition Signed by Johnny Thornton. Limited Edition Prints with Facsimilie Signature available upon request. All Signed pieces have COA.


Framing Options

Soho Black frame (recommended)

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This piece is extremely rare and has limited availability. If you would like to take advantage and have some pieces from our collection, please contact us immediately. Once sold, there is no guarantee they will be available again any time in the near future.

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Headlamp

Headlamp


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "This was a shot I did all for myself at my home in Chelsea. I used both a SX70 Polaroid and my Hasselblad and Ektachrome. The model was Alex Argent. The make-up and hair were done by William Norman for whom I had shot a business card of a red lipstick pierced with a bobby pin, so he owed me a favour. The plinth came from a shoot and I saw the composition as a pastiche of the Art Deco style lamps made by Lalique featuring porcelain heads. I decided the head in my version would be a real one. We painted the model's hair silver and rigged a flashlight into the lampshade. This picture is in the collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas."

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“I don’t care for how the art was produced, frankly it bores me. I am only interested in the image.”


Johnny Thornton

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Photoshoot Details

Location : Chelsea, London

Date        : 1983

Model     : Alex Argent


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Small: 41 x 41 cm (16 x 16″) | Edition: 50


Medium: 76 x 76 cm (30 x 30″) | Edition: 50


Large: 102 x 102 cm (40 x 40″) | Edition: 50


Framing Options

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This piece is extremely rare and has limited availability. If you would like to take advantage and have some pieces from our collection, please contact us immediately. Once sold, there is no guarantee they will be available again any time in the near future.

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