Lewis Bush is a photographer, writer, curator, and is a Lecturer on both MA and BA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography courses at London College of Communication.
Lewis studied history at the University of Warwick, and then worked in public health as a consultant researcher with the United Nations Taskforce on HIV/AIDS. Returning to the UK he began to work as a photographer and studied documentary photography at LCC in 2012.
Lewis’s photographic practice primarily explores ideas about the way power is created and exercised in the modern world and increasingly also engages with questions about how to represent issues which are nebulous and complex. In The Memory of History (2012) he travelled through 10 European countries documenting the way the past was being manipulated in the context of the economic crisis and recession. This project was subsequently widely published and was exhibited at the European Union’s permanent representation in London in 2014. For War Primer 3 (2013) Bush appropriated an appropriative work of photographic art to critique the method of its production and the inequitable economics of the modern world.
More recent works include Metropole (2015) which critiques the architectural transformation of London and the city’s growing inequality by subverting the imagery of London’s luxury and corporate developments, receiving international. Bush has recently completed Shadows of the State, which has involved tracking and mapping the covert radio stations used by intelligence agencies to transmit coded instructions to their agents overseas.
Lewis’s projects often incorporate his writing and he also writes extensively on the contemporary and historic use of photography for print and online titles including FOAM Magazine, The British Journal of Photography, Photoworks, Photomonitor, and The Photographer’s Gallery blog. Since 2011 he has written and edited Disphotic, a blog on photography and visual culture.
In addition to his photographic and writing practice Lewis has curated exhibitions, both of his own work and that of other photographers. These have included Media & Myth (Format Festival, 2015, co-curated with Monica Alcazar-Duarte), Magna Errata (The Alternative Magna Carta Festival, 2015), Very Now (London College of Communication, 2016, co-curated with Max Houghton) and Images of Power (Seen Fifteen Gallery, 2016, co-curated with Mark Duffy).
As well as working at LCC Lewis is also a visiting tutor at a number of other institutions across the UK, and he teaches on the Magnum Photos summer school, Autograph ABP’s Album Project and at The School of Punktum. He also maintains a commercial practice working with clients in the heritage and cultural sectors, including Sir John Soane’s Museum, MOT International gallery, Charterhouse School, The Koestler Trust and Goldsmiths, University of London.