Photography for Henry Lewis, does not exist as a necessity for the recording of an ephemeral work, it is a technic for the creation of images in which the object photographed exists only as a preparative stage of the completed piece.
Henry Lewis was born and spent his childhood in Sydney, Australia before studying art at San Francisco Art Institute in the late 1970’s. During this time, he came into contact as a student with notable artists such as Chris Burden who was influential in his development. Later he resided in France for an extended period; here he was captivated by the likes of Klaus Rinke and Christian Boltanski, Vilém Flusser …
Lewis uses these background influences to inform his photographic works which often focus on notions of the body, optics and visual perception. Over time, a large number of visual solutions and unexpected approaches have been employed in his work ranging from auto-portraiture, to constructed ‘mise-en-scène’ (staged photography) in his Luna Proxima series, Radiography and biological captures in his Ears, Burning and Breathing series.