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“Eyes which see differently are in fact the mind which feels and dreams and desires.” This statement, made in 1919 by Italian philosopher Benedotto Croce, readily applies to John Lewis and his photographs.

As a humanist photographer, John creates artistry out of encounters, moments and scenes. He transforms and commits his images into lasting nuances of everyday life through his well-honed darkroom skills. His photographs are collected by individuals and institutions, both public and private and include the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Wittliff Collections in Austin, Texas, Ventura County Museum of Art, Kodak Mexicana and several museums within Mexico.

John’s eye for story has garnered him both commercial and special project assignments. The Getty Conservation Institute, for instance, commissioned him to create a “portrait of society” within the town of Abomey, Benin, Africa, and later to document the famous “Laetoli Footprints” in Tanzania.

Whenever possible he seeks out assignments that can infuse his commercial photography and fine art talent. To that end, John often uses old cameras, like his vintage (circa 1907) Kodak Panoram, which captures an expansive, uncomplicated view. The resulting panoramas unfold their mysteries over time and repay their careful study. There is no showmanship to his photographs, only the pure unadulterated joy of observation.

With a Bachelor’s degree (1982) and an honorary Masters Degree (2007) from the Brooks Institute of Photography for his “lifetime commitment to professional photography”, John enjoys every opportunity to teach, lecture or mentor. He is also listed in Who’sWho in Visual Art – 100 Fine Art Photographers (ISBN 978-3-9813474-2-5)

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