John Lewis is based near Los Angeles, California and has been working professionally in photography since the early 1980s. In addition to commercial work, he specializes in fine art, social documentary and urban landscape photography.

As a humanist photographer, John creates artistry out of encounters, moments and scenes. He transforms and commits his images into lasting nuances of everyday life. His photographs are collected by individuals and institutions, both public and private and include the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Wittliff Collections in Austin, Texas, Ventura County Museum of Art, Kodak Mexicana and museums within Mexico.

John’s eye for story has garnered him both commercial and special project assignments. The Getty Conservation Institute, for instance, commissioned him to create a “portrait of society” within the town of Abomey, Benin, Africa, and later to document the famous “Laetoli Footprints” in Tanzania.

Whenever possible he seeks out assignments that can infuse his commercial photography and fine art talent. To that end, John will sometimes use old cameras, like his vintage (circa 1907) Kodak Panoram, which captures an expansive, uncomplicated view. The resulting panoramas unfold their mysteries over time and repay their careful study. There is no showmanship to his photographs, only the pure unadulterated joy of observation.

With a Bachelor’s degree (1982) and an honorary Masters Degree (2007) from the Brooks Institute of Photography for a “lifetime commitment to professional photography”, John enjoys every opportunity to teach, lecture or mentor. He is also listed in Who’sWho in Visual Art – 100 Fine Art Photographers (ISBN 978-3-9813474-2-5)

John is a pleasant, well disciplined and educated photographer. He is also bilingual in Spanish. His Commercial Portfolios can be viewed at: