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Matthew R Lewis

Matthew was born in 1959, Hertfordshire, England. He studied theatre design in North London. Matthew was a self taught photographer. He rarely did studio work and preferred to work with natural light. 

For Matthew his photography was everything. It consumed his life.

A regular contributor to i-D Magazine, Matthew's work also featured in Frieze, Attitude and Gay Times. His work is referenced in many books with exemplary portraits of artists, gay culture and characters from the high and low life across the world. 

Matthew was incredibly well read and had a huge and eclectic library. He engaged his subjects on an informed and personal level which elevated his work to a unique level. 

Matthew took his own life at the age of 49.


In 2012 the National Portrait Gallery acquired several of Matthew's portraits.

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