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Lewis Khan is a photographic artist born and raised in London, working with stills and motion. From an early age, Khan 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, Khan 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.

Khan cites his first foray in to moving image ‘Georgetown’ as a formative project that would go on to influence his approach to stills. The film is informed by six years of impromptu and informal meetings with local resident George, with Khan revisiting the subject over an extended period of time; an approach that he says has given his subsequent projects greater depth. The film was exhibited widely (most notably at The Photographer’s Gallery), and awarded first prize at Shuffle Film Festival by director Danny Boyle.

Other landmark bodies of work include ‘Theatre’, a personal project that saw Khan spend four years inside two London general hospitals to paint an intimate portrait of the NHS during a turbulent time. His photographs bear witness to our collective humanity, and the strength and fragility of all those who work in the health service. A limited edition book by the same name was published by The Lost Light Recordings at the height of the 2020 pandemic.

His latest work ‘Leavers’ sees Khan chronicle the annual ritual of the secondary school prom in stills and on Super8 film. The resulting film features a spoken word voiceover specially written by poet and author, Caleb Femi, and offers a joyful challenge to the often negative stereotypes surrounding inner-city teenage life.


 

Clients & Features


Adidas
AnOther
BBC One
Brick Magazine
British Journal of Photography
De Morgen
The Economist
Facebook
FT Weekend Magazine
The Guardian
i-D
Ikea
LAW
Luncheon
The New Yorker
NHS England
Palace
Paper Journal
Patagonia
Photoworks
Save The Children
Splash & Grab
TIME Magazine
Virgin Records
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Press


British Journal of Photography
Prom night: How the tradition captivated photographers


Autre Love
Tactile with the world: An interview of Photographer & Film Maker Lewis Khan


Dazed
Lewis Khan’s euphoric photos of a south London prom night


The Face
This film celebrates the adolescent magic of school proms


AOP 2020 Award winners unveiled, BBC News


i-D
Emotional photographs from inside an NHS hospital


AnOther
“Resilience, Beauty and Fragility”: Photos Revealing Life in UK Hospitals


The Face
The NHS captured over four years


Esquire
The Beauty And Trauma Of The NHS


Creative Review
What does it take to photograph a working hospital?


The New Statesman
Theatre: a portrait of the NHS


Port Magazine: Theatre


British Journal of Photography
A portrait of our national health service


British Journal of Photography
Lewis Khan photographs a lesser known side of London


Photoworks
Interview: Lewis Khan


Loupe Magazine
Photographic education an interview with Lewis Khan


It’s Nice That
Photographer Lewis Khan on spending 18 months in the NHS


Huck Magazine
Capturing humanity at the heart of the NHS


A Curator
Georgetown


Another Magazine
The agony and the ecstasy of a fan clubs annual party


Awards & Exhibitions


2021
Gold, AOP Open Award


2020
Shortlist, Bar Tur Photo Award

2019
Palm* Photo Prize, Judges Panel 2nd Prize
Portrait of Britain, British Journal of Photography

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

Education


2013
BA (Hons) Photography, UWE Bristol, First Class Honours

Talks


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

2015
UWE Bristol, Speaker & Visiting Critic
 Kingston University, MA Architecture, Tutor & Visiting Critic
Kingston University, MA Architecture, Tutor & Visiting Critic

2014
Artist Talk, The Photogrpahers Gallery, Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed
Fortismere School, A Level Photography, Speaker & Visiting Critic

All rights reserved © 2022 Lewis Khan

ABQ
(30 images)

Leavers – film
(video)

Leavers – photos
(35 images)

Theatre
(49 images)

Fictions
(30 images)

Georgetown
(video)

It’ll Soon Be Night Time (i)
(44 images)

It’ll Soon Be Night Time (ii)
(video)

All Change
(22 images)

Inis Oirr (ii)
(video)

1/10Theatre

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.


Photographs © Christopher Bethell

1/2Shuffle Film Festival

Georgetown, awarded 1st Prize at Shuffle Film Festival 2014


Judges:
Danny Boyle
Clio Barnard
Sally El Hosaini
Dexter Fletcher


Photographs © Cameron Williamson & Elena Heatherwick

1/3FFWE

Georgetown, Fresh Faced + Wild Eyed


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 


Photographs © Kate Elliott

1/2Bonnington Festival

Georgetown, Screening at the Bonnington Festival.


Projection onto the wall of George's house. 

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