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Johnny Thornton

Johnny Thornton, born in 1946, would spend his early days browsing photographic books, captivated by the photographs of Brassai, Weegee, Man Ray, Edward Weston, Karsh of Ottawa, and Wynne Bullock. Converting his father shed in the garden of their house into a darkroom. He would become a darkroom assistant and finally become a photography studio assistant, later coming to London from Australia to become one of the top advertising photographers. His photographs won many advertising awards, including the coveted New York Art Directors Club Gold Award, some 24 Awards of Excellence from CA in Los Angeles, D&AD London Silver Awards and many annual inclusions, including Cannes Lion de Bronze, to mention but a few. It was during shooting these advertising images that John craved creative freedom. He was drawn to surrealism and inspired by Rene Magritte, Salvador Dali, Giorgio de Chirco, Luis Brunel, Guy Bordain, Bill Silano, Jeanloup Sieff, Art Kane and Duanne Michals he then embarked on producing his distinctive "Surreal Erotic Images" gaining inspiration from all areas, be it visual, the written word or something he had seen, first making drawings before taking the photographs. These images were shown in exhibitions across the world.

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