Joe Cornish


Artist Biography:

Joe Cornish was born in Devon in 1958 and grew up in Exeter, but now lives in northern England. As a child he was greatly influenced by his art teacher at school, Robert Julier, and, although he is now a photographer, it was the years as a child of drawing from life and from his imagination that formed the basis of his approach. Although he is largely self-taught as a photographer, Joe Cornish completed a degree in Fine Art at Reading University and subsequently worked as a photographer’s assistant in Washington DC and in London. He is now a full time photographer, though a fair amount of that time is spent leading workshops, giving lectures and writing about photography rather than being out with his camera. As a photographer he is inspired in his approach to landscape by Ansel Adams and Edward Weston, but painters and sculptors have also influenced him in their approach to light, colour, form and composition. He describes his artwork as “balanced, precise, fluid, dynamic, taut, luminous, figurative, naturalistic, atmospheric, tactile; all these words can be applied to my pictures but probably not all of them at any one time! These are the qualities I see, at any rate.” He works as a straight photographer, using either film or digital methods, with minimal post-processing to prepare the image for reproduction. His work was first exhibited in London at the Royal Festival Hall in 1990, and since then he has participated in numerous joint exhibitions with the National Trust, but also with one-man shows in London and around the UK. In 2006 he won the Amateur Photographer Magazine’s “Power of Photography Award” and in 2008 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society. He is Honorary President of two photographic societies in the North East and, away from the camera, he likes to play cricket, follow sport, hill climb and cook.

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