Lewis Khan is a photographic artist born and raised in London, working with stills and motion. From an early age, Lewis was drawn to the tactile and immediate nature of photography, using the camera as a means to engage with the world around him.
His portrait based practice is a study of emotion, relationships and belonging. With a keen eye for observation and a personal interest in community as a driving force in his work, Lewis has produced an impressive portfolio of imagery that both acts as social commentary, and immerses him physically in the places, groups, and relationships pictured in his photographs.
Clients & Features
British Journal of Photography
FT Weekend Magazine
Luncheon The New Yorker NHS England
Save The Children
Splash & Grab
Virgin Records Whatsapp
2018 Shortlist, Guernsey Photo Festival
Photoworks Presents: Collaborate, London
2017 Portrait of Britain, British Journal of Photography
Peaches & Cream, Millennium Images
RPS Int. Print Competition 160
PYLOT Magazine ‘Perspective’ Exhibition, London
2016 Finalist ‘AOP Awards 2016’, Truman Brewery, London
Aritst Talk, Recyclart, Brussels
Under the Same Sun artist film screening, South London
Gallery, selected by Guggenheim Museum, South London
Gallery & Recreative Editorial Board
Shortlist ‘Magnum Graduate Photographer Award’
2015 Shortlist ‘Magnum Graduate Photographer Award’
Artist Residency, The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital
Portrait Salon, London
Photofusion Salon, London
2014 Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed, The Photographers Gallery
1st Prize Shuffle Film Festival, The City, London, curated by Danny Boyle
RPS Intl. Print Competition 157
The London Short Film Festival
Open City Docs, Docheads, London
2013 Winner, Motorcade Flash Parade National Open, Bristol
Reely & Truly, Bold Tendencies, London
2013 BA (Hons) Photography, UWE Bristol, First Class Honours
2019 Artist Talk, Kingston University, BA Photography
2017 Artist Talk, The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London
Weymouth College, FDA Photography, Speaker & Visiting Critic
2016 Artist Talk, Recyclart, Brussels
Kingston University, MA Architecture, Tutor & Visiting Critic
Fortismere School, A Level Photography, Speaker & Visiting Critic
Leavers, screened at Aesthetica Short Film Festival 2022, York.
1/10SCBU, West Middlesex Hospital
Permanent artwork installations for the 5 recovery rooms in SCBU (Special Care Baby Unit) at the West Middlesex Hospital, London.
Commissioned by CW+.
Leavers, Granta Magazine Issue 158
Leavers, cover and feature, Granta Magazine Issue 158, February 2022
Theatre, 1st Edition 270mm x 215mm 88pp
Published by The Lost Light Recordings, 2020.
In 2014 Khan won a bursary to make imagery for an exhibition at The Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London, after which the Hospital Trust asked him to pitch for a new project. Initially his idea revolved around the politics of anti-privatization, a narrative that is still important to him. Gradually though, his approach became less overtly political and more transparently human, dealing with the strength and fragility that he witnessed on a daily basis.
He spent prolonged periods time assimilating to the environment. Shadowing Mark Bower, a consultant oncologist, he became aware of the emotional effects of hospital life that apply just as much to staff as patients. This observation suggested that the hierarchy that we might assume of hospital life is a fallacy. The reality is more like a mutual respect that eschews power dynamics in favour of a communal understanding.
From Strength and Fragility, by Jim Campbell.
1/5Portrait of Britain 2017
Portrait of Britain is an award-winning nationwide photography exhibition, run by British Journal of Photography in partnership with JCDecaux. The exhibition celebrates the rich tapestry of people that make up Great Britain, by turning their stories into public art.
Established in 2008, the annual exhibition and competition Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed gives emerging talent the opportunity to exhibit their work at The Photographers’ Gallery. Showcasing the quality and breadth of graduate work from visual arts courses across the UK, the exhibition and relating programmes celebrate the innovative practices from a range of photographic fields.
Selected by a panel of photographic experts from different backgrounds, artist/photographers have the opportunity to work closely with the exhibitions team to develop their presentation within the exhibition at The Photographers’ Gallery