Stephen Lewis is best known for constructing unique and immaculate still life photographs, paring down subjects to reveal their most essential and seductive qualities. Lewis’s work is informed by his love of objects and a life-long practice of observation. He draws on a wide range of techniques to capture diverse subjects from luxury consumer products to the quotidian objects that define daily life.
Lewis has worked out of his studio, first in Tribeca, and now in the Brooklyn Navy Yard, for over 20 years. He is originally from Washington, D.C., and studied photography at Syracuse University. After his schooling, Lewis moved to New York City where he worked for the influential Light Gallery and as a photography assistant before establishing his own professional practice.
In 2000 Lewis was commissioned by The Fragrance Foundation to shoot a smoke-themed installation for print and film. The award-winning series was exhibited at Alice Tulley Hall, Lincoln Center, in New York.
Portable studio in hand, Lewis recently traveled around the world with editor and writer, Matt Hranek, photographing 100 iconic timepieces, culminating in the book, A Man & His Watch, published by Artisan.
Lewis has contributed editorial assignments to a diverse group of magazines, including Numéro, T, Condé Nast Traveler, Vogue, W, On the Rocks and Bon Appétit. He has created advertising campaigns for Bulgari, Hermès, Salvatore Ferragamo, David Yurman and Ralph Lauren, among others.
Lewis lives in Brooklyn with his wife, two sons and Gus the dachshund.