Jon Lewis


Jon Lewis’s camera seeks out what is ‘hidden within the commonplace’, focusing on the humanity of his subjects wherever he finds them. His Bondi series captures the eclectic variety of visitors to Sydney’s most famous beach; a surfer, a thong-clad backside and a pale Englishman in Union Jack board shorts.

Art Exhibition previously on at Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay in Potts Point precinct, New South Wales, Australia.
From Wednesday 28 November 2007 to Saturday 22 December 2007
Launch Thursday 22 November 2007, 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm

Killarney Station image

Published by anonymous on Thursday 22 November 2007.
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In the series Outback the sun-lined faces of his subjects stare trustingly into his lens. Lewis’s ability to build understanding with those he photographs stems partly from trusting himself. He has always had the courage of his convictions and thirty years ago was part of the first Australian Greenpeace demonstration against whaling. In 1999 he went on a self-funded expedition to record the aftermath of the militia forces’ destruction of East Timor following the ill-fated vote for independence. Unrestricted by the responsibility of official funding (which unfathomably eluded him), Lewis, with a smattering of the local language Tetum, was left free to adopt the persona of ‘an insane Australian photographer’ and to build up trust with the resilient East Timorese. The intimacy of the resulting photographs far exceeds the realms of photojournalism although Lewis modestly asserts, ‘I haven’t got an imagination but I sure can recognize something.’


Michael Reid at Elizabeth Bay
44 Roslyn Gardens
Elizabeth Bay
NSW 2011
Wednesday – Saturday 11am-5pm