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Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Parish Kohanim: Light And Form

Parish Kohanim continues his lifelong fascination with the indefinable beauty of imagery

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Previously DPP explored the otherworldly fine-art sensibilities of photographer Parish Kohanim, who has been shooting professionally for more than a quarter-century. He has led a stellar career, bringing his unique dramatic eye to everything from commercial work to portraiture to still life, and his signature painterly style has led to an impressive commercial résumé that includes work for a variety of Fortune 500 companies and others.

Kohanim was one of the initial selection of photographers chosen for Canon’s Explorers of Light sponsorship program, and his renown as a master printer has afforded him access, as well as input, into the latest in Canon printing technologies. His long experience also has given him a notoriety that he has been able to use to full advantage as a touring lecturer. Kohanim brings his speeches to major cities and universities, and has found a new source of inspiration in the dialogue that it allows him to have with the budding young minds of future photographers.

There’s plenty of information available about his work, philosophy and history, including a struggling immigration as a 17-year-old young man to the United States from Persia, arriving with only $300 in his pocket and a limited understanding of English. Despite the hardships he has had to overcome, Kohanim has chosen to concentrate on beauty, which is readily apparent at even a glance through his portfolio. His imagery is bold and dynamic, colorful and dreamlike, and reminiscent of the classic sculptures and celebrated paintings of art museums. It’s a body of work that evokes surrealism and mystery through quiet, subtle imagery.

As so many others are experiencing, Kohanim has felt the weak economy affecting his commercial business. He says that he’s trying to keep as balanced as possible while he rides out the economy, and in the meantime, he’s using the time to explore more of his fine-art work, in which he finds great satisfaction. He thinks that everything will fall into place eventually, and he says that in the interim he doesn’t worry about things. “This too shall pass,” he quotes. “We as human beings,” Kohanim explains, “anticipate and create scenarios and mental projections through our incessant thinking that never become reality. We worry too much about things, so it’s best to just enjoy life and the process because these moments don’t come back twice.”


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