“To me, photography is all about taking chances,” photographer, Henry Lehn, explained. “It’s about removing the doors on a helicopter, having 100-mile-per-hour winds rip at you while you fly over some exotic island for a birds-eye shot. It is about journeying back in time, traveling halfway around the world to find an ancient culture that has not been ruined, as yet, by Western civilization.” Lehn hesitated then laughed, “It is about taking risks and ending up looking like an idiot – or getting the best shot of your life.”
Henry Lehn’s work has been described as magical, sometimes mystical, for the images he perceives with his heart are translated through the lens, with exquisite style and a strong sense of design. His photos can be seductively melancholy, sometimes jarring and disturbing, yet at times, romantic and serene. While some one to “transcend” nature and that which is human, Lehn celebrates that which is, but few can capture.
Born in Montreal, Canada, Lehn has worked as a commercial illustrator, animation designer, and art director for several major advertising agencies in Canada, New York and Los Angeles. In the mid-1980’s, he moved from Manhattan to Los Angeles to expand his career into motion picture advertising. He has won a variety of awards for his animation and motion picture work, including several Key Art Awards. Lehn’s photography has been an integral part of his advertising career, as well as a separate business and artistic pursuit.
Lehn’s photos have won awards from such publications as Photo Insider, Photo Life, Photographer’s Forum, Island’s Magazine, and Popular Photography’s $10,000 grand prize for its “Assignment Puerto Rico 2000” competition. He has exhibited at a host of galleries and his work has appeared in National Geographic. He is also a contributing photographer with Superstock.
Lehn is a seasoned traveler, having trekked throughout Africa, Madagascar, the Seychelle Islands, Papua New Guinea, Palau, Tahiti, Bora Bora and the islands of French Polynesia, Belize, Costa Rica, Canada, Mexico, Hawaii, Europe, Morocco, Cuba, and Mauritius. His photo inventory reflects these travels, in addition to such genres as fine art, abstracts, wild life, nature, scenics, lifestyles and people, panoramas, infrared, and spectacular aerial shots. Lehn utilizes the computer as a digital darkroom, much like painters who painstakingly add each brush stroke to create their final vision.
Lehn resides in the Los Angeles area in a rambling, old Spanish house that is rumored to have several ghosts.