James “Jimmy” Cozart is a photographer with a long history of interest, training and experience in a variety of areas. As a teenager, one of Jimmy’s interests was in art, a subject he selected as a major while in high school. Art helped Jimmy with composition. He applied himself diligently without realizing he was building a strong foundation for a future in photography.
Working in a Jewelry store after school created an interest in photography, and after receiving a gift of a 127 Format camera, a career was launched. Jimmy began to photograph family, friends, and schoolmates. While serving in the U.S. Army in Germany, Jimmy met Johnny Strobel, a photo instructor at the Service Club.
Because Johnny had a brother in Cleveland, had visited the city in 1936, and recognized Jimmy’s hunger for learning, he took him under his wing and taught him the basics of photography, black and white film development, printmaking, landscape photography and composition. Jimmy continued to build upon his interest, training and experience by taking photography classes at Cleveland College.
Jimmy is a charter member of the Fine Arts Society, founded by Charles Pinkney, artist and photographer. He is also a long time member of the Karamu Camera Guild. Jimmy has exhibited with the guild at Karamu House, and also exhibited at Kent State University and with the Bedford Heights Arts Council. He is currently using his lifetime learning and passion to do Event Photography, Wedding Photography and the restoration of old photographs.