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Barton Lewis has been making films about natural light and the urban industrial landscape in states of opulent decay for over 25 years; his films have been shown in New York, Paris, Los Angeles, Szczecin, Poland and Portland, Oregon. He began documenting wall cuts in the New York City subway in 2018, and since then his work has focused on photography of wall cuts and subjects above ground, including building facades, construction fences, doors, mailboxes and vintage signs. Most recently, his work was included in the "Street Shooting Around the World" exhibit at The Los Angeles Center of Photography, the Clio Art Fair in New York, stARTup Art Fair in Los Angeles and The Other Art Fair Brooklyn (July 2021).

Barton was born into a family of artists and teachers in Urbana, Illinois. He has a B.M. from The Juilliard School in music composition and a B.A. in English literature from Columbia University. After briefly pursuing a career in music, Barton devoted himself to filmmaking in the 1990s and later photography.