Barton Lewis is a filmmaker and photographer based in Brooklyn, New York. His films are studies of natural light and its interaction with various materials, and the urban industrial landscape in states of opulent decay. His more recent work is photography of visually arresting surfaces in an urban setting, including building facades, construction fences, doors and mailboxes; and of wall cuts in the New York City transit system, the subject of one of his recent films.
Barton was born into a family of artists and teachers in Urbana, Illinois, and graduated high school from the North Carolina School of the Arts. He attended The Juilliard School, where he received a B.M. in music composition, and has a B.A. in English literature from Columbia University.
Barton briefly pursued a career in musical theater after college, but devoted himself to filmmaking full-time in the 1990s. He has had public showings of his work in Paris, New York City, Los Angeles, Szczecin, Poland, and Portland, Oregon.