Corridor in Sicily

CORRIDOR IN SICILY


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "I had been commissioned by an Italian Art Magazine to go to Citti del Mare, a new holiday resort, along with three other famous photographers, to demonstrate techniques to their guests. They supplied the models and we worked around the island of Sicily. I latched onto a red chair as my main prop, the signifying the loss of those poor souls killed by volcanoes in Sicily."

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“In life the things that you can’t change are in the past so look to the future.”


Johnny Thornton

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Photoshoot Details

Location : Citti del Mare, Sicily

Date        : 1991


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


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Cornwall

Cornwall


Photographer Johnny Thornton recounts, "This was shot on my first holiday in the UK. Sue and I went to a quiet little village miles from anywhere called Padstow, not so quiet now. We stayed in a small pub and I had shot the harbour and the fishing boats, all the classic stuff. I saw a sign on the road for the car park saying 'Out' and liked the look of the yellow ochre wall. All I needed was something to give the shot photographic balance and along came an old man in a hat casting his shadow. Timing!"

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“In life you can see a wonderful sunny day full of sunshine or you can see the same on a dark gloomy day, it’s totally up to you.”


Johnny Thornton

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Photoshoot Details

Location : Padstow, Cornwall

Date        : 1973


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


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Brian Shows His Feminine Side

BRIAN SHOWS HIS FEMININE SIDE


Having known John Thornton as a friend for many years, Johnny asked if he could used me as a model at my home. He had an idea that I should wear very high heeled shoes so we traipsed off to a shop he knew that sold shoes to transvestites (well, he would know wouldn't he). I tried on several pairs before he was satisfied and we left the shop after having had a good laugh. The shoot took place on a stormy day in Kent and whilst I know you stand still for a photograph, I could not quite understand why John was so insistent I keep my feet still, until I realised he wanted to take the shoes back for a refund. He told them we had broken up! - Brian Henslow

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Photoshoot Details

Location : Kent

Date        : 1992

Model     : Brian Henslow


Size

Frame: 62 cm x 52 cm | Small

Image: 45 cm x 34 cm


Source

The Image Thornton Fine Art Photography Archive Trust


Certification

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


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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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Cape Town Was Where My First Growth Began

Cape Town Was Where My First Growth Began


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "The inspiration for this photograph started in Cape Town where I lived, surfed and photographed in the 60's having fled Australia to prevent being in conscripted and sent to Vietnam, I saw a tiny clump of grass struggling to grow and survive in a crack in the pavement.

I made a decision to visit London, as all Australians must do; I was overwhelmed by London yet totally fascinated by what it had to offer. In the years to come I became a very successful advertising photographer with hundreds of prestige awards but craved creative freedom from the constrictions of advertising commissions and decided to produce my own images, I was drawn to surrealism and inspired by many artist.

I then saw yet another piece of grass struggling to live in the cobbles of Imperial Road by the gas works off the Kings Road in Fulham down the road from my Chelsea studio. My thoughts went back to that piece of grass in Cape Town and logically a spade came to mind with a pair of Terry de Havilland's iconic 70's high heel shoes, now this was how my struggle related to me in London."

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“We come into this world with nothing, when in the end we depart and we leave with nothing.”


Johnny Thornton

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Photoshoot Details

Date : 1972


Size

Frame: 112 cm x 79 cm | Large

Image: 100 cm x 67 cm


Source

The Image Thornton Fine Art Photography Archive Trust


Certification

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


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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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Boxed In

Boxed In


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "Being inspired by Guy Bourdin and his photographs that he produced for Charles Jourdan, I took this image. The shoes are those of Terry de Havilland, the rock'n'roll cobbler who in the 1970's had a shop in The Kings Road called "Cobblers to the World". Bianca Jagger, Cher, Bette Midler and Anita Pallenberg were flaunting his designs."

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“Crying is like smiling just a different emotion.”


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Photoshoot Details

Date : 1974


Size

Frame: 70 cm x 89 cm | Large

Image: 43 cm x 60 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.


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Bathtub Escape

Bathtub Escape


Thornton recounts, "I was given a grant by The Polaroid Corporation to produce images on their film, so I built a room in the swimming pool of naturist couple in Wrotham Heath in Kent. It was far from an easy affair as a bath does not float and will turn over, so that's where my days of yachting came in and I attached a keel made of stage weights. The model was Trudie Juggernauth-Sharma, who became famous as being a wifelet of The Marquess of Bath. Once again I love the thought of the impossible to make an image. I have said it before, but this is for real as Photoshop did not exist in 1976. I do realise that Photoshop has its place but for me it's an instant solution to making an image. I don't produce Photoshop photographs. I believe in what I call "Real Photographs" or maybe that should be "Real Photographs of Unreal Situations".

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“Madness makes the world a more interesting place.”


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Photoshoot Details

Location : Wrotham Heath, Kent

Date        : 1976

Model     : Trudie Juggernauth-Sharma


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


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Bad Taste

Bad Taste


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "This all revolved around Richard Sharah who was 'a make-up artists' in the real sense of the words. He became known for Zandra Rhodes posters in the 1970s and The Blitz Kids. Richard went on to do make up for David Bowie, Dire Straits, Marvin Gaye and Steve Strange and is perhaps best known for David Bowie's make up as Pierrot. Richard was outrageous and gay. I recall he had this huge tongue that could protrude to an amazing length out of his mouth. Then he would say 'Imagine where this was last night'. The S & M thought of shoe licking came to mind which I wanted to portray in a simple graphic form. I have said in the past, 'Bad Taste is it in Bad Taste or does it have a Bad Taste?' It depends upon your point of view!"

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“Frankly, I find having a vice so terribly nice.”


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Photoshoot Details

Date : 1975


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Medium: 75 x 100 cm (30 x 39″) | Edition: 25


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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An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away

AN APPLE A DAY KEEPS THE DOCTOR AWAY


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“I don’t regret burning my bridges. I regret that some people weren’t on those bridge when I burnt them.”


Johnny Thornton

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Photoshoot Details

Date : 1967


Size

Frame: 140 cm x 51 cm | Large

Image: 39 cm x 39 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.


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300 Voyeurs

300 VOYEURS


As John Thornton recounts, "In the 1970's I was considered the most popular photographer in Spain. I was asked to do a photographic demonstration in Barcelona which I initially turned down. My friend Richard Winslade suggested after a spliff that I should put paper bags on their heads, so they could not see me. I developed this to gold masks. I was presented with the ballroom of The Ritz Hotel and decided I would shoot the audience as voyeurs. Firstly to set up the lighting, I dressed in an orange flying suit from the Dutch Air Force, then Derrie Powell, the model, walked along the balcony overlooking the ballroom, dressed only in a flowing black velvet cape, high shoes and gold mask. Turning her back to the audience, she dropped the cape and lay down out of view of the audience. I forgot to mention that the audience had been told that Snr Thornton would not appear till they all wore their masks. Off the linked Nikons went, shooting one roll of film in each camera. At the end, Derrie put on her cape and we went to the edge and bowed. Going down into the audience later, numerous people came up saying another surrealist is born, just like Dali. The Ritz ballroom had been the venue for Dali's parties where they fought to carry him out comatose. Several years later, he attended my exhibition in Cadaques near his house in Port Lligat, commenting 'Magnifico...Fantastico'."

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“You don’t read books except those with pictures and words hence my reading is restricted to comics and porn.”


Johnny Thornton

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Photoshoot Details

Location : The Ritz Hotel, Barcelona

Date        : 1977

Model     : Derrie Powell


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Medium: 100 x 75 cm (39 x 30″) | Edition: 25


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About Face

About Face


As Johnny Thornton recounts, "This image is of Regina Cheng. I did my original drawing many years before. I always do drawings of my images before I shoot them. This way I don't have to remember the idea. Many a time, its years before I shoot the image, sometimes marrying it with another idea. One of favourite Man Ray images came to mind 'Le Violon d'Ingres', although my photograph is in no way a copy of this iconic image but merely part of my inspiration. As I have said, 'The greatest thing an artist can do is inspire others' and I hope that my photograph goes on to inspire others. You may very well ask 'How did I do it?' That is not important. The important thing is that I did do it and for me Man Ray sums it up in this quote 'Some of the most complete and satisfying works of art have been produced when their authors had no idea of creating a work of art, but were concerned with the expression of an idea'."

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“I have come a long way but I have never been sure where I am going, but that’s what makes life so interesting.”


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Photoshoot Details

Date    : 1997

Model : Regina Cheng


Material

Printed on Fuji Lustre


Size

Medium: 20 x 30 cm (8 x 12″) | Edition: 35


Source

The Image Thornton Fine Art Photography Archive Trust


Certification

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


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