Lewis will talk about the possibilities that a book offers, but also the many directions that books can still be pushed in. The photobook world is conservative, and while there is many ideas being repeated many amazing possibilities are still to be explored. Lewis’ current project is partly an attempt to open up some of those possibilities, and he is through this talk hoping to trigger some debate about what we mean when we talk about a 'photobook'.
Thursday 06. August 2020
Location : Zoom (sign up under to receive a link)
Read more about the Online Talk programme "Once Upon a Time... - an online program on protest and engagement in research based photography" here.
Lewis Bush works across media and to visualise the workings and interactions of powerful agents, organisations, and practices. Born in London, he studied history, worked as a researcher for the United Nations, and then studied documentary photography before starting to develop his own projects from 2012.
His works explore different forms of contemporary power and in particular is concerned with the ways that they interact. These have included projects on the destructive impact of property speculation and redevelopment on his home city of London, to the inequalities of the art world. Recent projects include Shadows of the State. He is currently working on two projects; WvB which examines erased histories of space exploration, and Ways of Seeing Algorithmically, which uses augmented reality to reveal the politics of computer vision systems. Bush’s books and prints are held in private and institutional collections including The Tate Library (UK), The Museum of London (UK), The Victoria & Albert Museum Library (UK), and Wende Museum (USA).
Bush has written extensively on photography for a range of print and web titles. Since 2011 he has run Disphotic, a blog on photography and visual culture. Bush is acting course leader of the MA (Hons) Photojournalism and Documentary Photography (online) course at London College of Communication, University of the Arts London and teaches at other institutions in the UK and broad.