Henry Lewis (1957) is an Australian artist and photographer. When he was 19, he left Australia for the United States and studied at the San Francisco Art Institute (1977-1980). From there, he and his wife Christiane, decided to move to France. They settled in Forcalquier in the South of the country where they found an abandoned farm house with a huge barn attached. Forcalquier is only an hour from Robion. In 1990, they moved to Tarascon and then to Puy Chenin near Xaintray in the West of France. They now live in Burradoo, near Sydney. Among his numerous personal exhibitions are “Radiographies” at the Galerie Baudoin Lebon in Paris (1989) and “LVNA PROXIMA” at the Center de la Vielle Charité in Marseille (1987). In 1991, he presented his work at the Galerie Baudoin Lebon at ‘Découvertes’, Grand Palais in Paris and the Galerie Porte Avion, in Marseille together with the French painter and sculptor Christiane Thomas under the name Lewis Thomas. His works are in the collections of the Stedlijk Museum (Amsterdam), the National Museum of Modern Art Center George Pompidou (Paris), the Cantini Museum (Marseille) and the Ludwig Museum (Cologne).
Articles of Henry Lewis
Brief Encounter with Vilém Flusser. An Interview
In this interview, Henry Lewis, who originally comes from Australia where he now lives again, speaks about his early interest in photography, the years he spent in France and his relationship to Vilém Flusser. His work as a photographer was not only influenced by other photographers like Man Ray – especially the Rayographs -, Tom Dahos, Jürgen Klauke, Juan Fontcuberta, but also by painters and sculptors like Ellsworth Kelly. Lewis got to know Flusser through Andreas Müller-Pohle whom he had showed his radiographic work and who suggested that he made contact with Vilém Flusser in Robion. Lewis and his wife Christiane visited Vilém and Edith Flusser in the South of France several times. Lewis also talks about Flusser’s influence on his work, the relevance of Flusser’s work thirty years after his death, and the future of photography.