Dewi Lewis in Arles with a group of his photographers

Publishing Photography - in conversation with Dewi Lewis

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Dewi Lewis Publishing is a partnership owned and run by Caroline Warhurst and Dewi Lewis Hon FRPS.  Founded in 1994, its photography list has an international reputation and has included books by leading British and international photographers such as Laia Abril, William Klein, Martin Parr, Simon Norfolk, Fay Godwin, Tom Wood, Sergio Larrain, Frank Horvat, John Blakemore, Paolo Pelegrin, Simon Roberts and Bruce Gilden.  The aim of the company is to bring to the attention of a wider public, accessible but challenging contemporary photography by both established and lesser-known practitioners.  The company has a worldwide distribution network and is recognised as one of the leading photographic publishers in the world.  It publishes around 20 new titles each year.

Dewi Lewis Publishing also works in close collaboration with a number of European publishers and was a founding member of The European Publishers Award for Photography, which ran from 1994 to 2016.  In 2014 Dewi Lewis Publishing received the PHotoEspana’s prize for Outstanding Publishing House of the Year.

Before establishing the imprint, Dewi Lewis was the founding Director of Cornerhouse, one of the major UK Centres for Contemporary Visual Arts and Film, based in Manchester.  In 1987 he established Cornerhouse Publications which achieved recognition internationally for its ambitious and imaginative publishing programme and was a winner of the Sunday Times Award for Small Publisher of the Year.  Whilst at Cornerhouse Dewi also published his own book entitled Publishing Photography which was selected by Photo-eye (USA) as the Best Photography Resource Book of the Year.

Dewi Lewis was appointed an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in 2004 and in November 2009 he was awarded the inaugural Royal Photographic Society Award for Outstanding Services to Photography.  He was awarded the Kraszna-Krausz Foundation Award for Outstanding Contribution to Publishing at the World Photography Awards in April 2012.

Many of the titles published by the company have been shortlisted for a range of international prizes and several have won awards.  In 2018 the company won both the Paris Photo/Aperture Foundation Photobook of The Year Award and the Rencontres d’Arles Author Book Prize.


Image above shows Dewi Lewis in Arles with a group of his photographers: Left to right: Robert Leslie, Kajsa Gullberg, Dewi Lewis, Dougie Wallace, Caroline Warhurst.  Laia Abril, Giacomo Brunelli. 


Dewi Lewis with Paul Hill

Dewi Lewis with Paul Hill


On press with John Blakemore

On press with John Blakemore



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