Biography
21 December 2017

Biography

Lewis Bush, by Clare Hewitt

The short version

I am a photographer, writer, researcher, and educator interested in the operation of power in the world. I have exhibited, published, and taught internationally.

The long version

I am a photographer, writer, researcher, and educator. Born in London, I studied at the University of Warwick and worked as a consultant researcher with the United Nations HIV/AIDS taskforce, before starting to practice documentary photography in 2012. In my work I seek to draw attention to forms of invisible power that operate in the world. I work from the standpoint that power is always problematic because it’s natural resting state is arbitrary and untransparent. Regardless of the intentions of the people and institutions possessing power, this is the state to which it constantly seeks to return.

In The Memory of History (2012) I travelled through ten european countries documenting the way the past was being politically manipulated in the context of the economic crisis and recession. In War Primer 3 (2013) I appropriated an appropriative work of photographic art to critique the method of its production and the power relations of the art world. For Metropole (2015) I documented the transformation of London at the hands of aggressive developers and property speculators. In Shadows of the State (2018), I mapped the covert communications used by intelligence agencies, creating images from their intercepted signals.

Currently I am photographer in residence at the Société Jersiaise in Jersey where I am making a project about the international finance industry, tentatively titled Trading Zones. I am simiultaneously working on a book about the dark origins and conflicted morality of space exploration. My work has been nominated and shortlisted for commendations including the the Tim Hetherington Visionary Award 2018 and 2017, the Luma Rencontres d’Arles Dummy Book Award 2018, 2016 and 2015, the Magenta Foundation Flash Forward Award 2017, the Self-Publish Riga Award 2016, the Photo Espana Book Award 2016, and the Bar Tur Photobook Award 2015 and 2014.

My projects often incorporate writing and I have also written extensively on photography for a range of national and international print and web titles. Between 2011 and 2016 I published Disphotic, a blog on photography and visual culture. For more on my writing see here. I have curated a number of exhibitions including It’s Gonna be Great (2017), Images of Power (2016), Very Now (2016), Incomplete Images (2016), Magna Errata (2015), and Media & Myth (2015). For more on my curation see here. As an educator I lecture on the MA and BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography courses at London College of Communication, and I have been a visiting speaker at other institutions including the Universities of South Wales, Westminster, Coventry and Falmouth. For more on my teaching see here.

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