John Lehmann is one of the top photojournalists in North America. He was named Canadian photojournalist of the year in 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015.
Lehmann brings an array of talents to his work: an insatiable curiosity; an artistry that sets his images apart; and a quiet intimacy and flair for inventiveness. Most of all, he is not simply a photographer, he is a visual journalist. The principal that underpins his work is accuracy and honesty, both to the people he reports on and the readers to whom he reports.
Since 2001, Lehmann has been based in Vancouver and his bailiwick is Western Canada, vast ground he has covered from the Arctic to the remote reaches of British Columbia. His focus is vast. He covers breaking news and sports, and develops many short-term and longer-term feature visual projects. He has covered five Olympics, summer and winter, and international news such as the Boxing Day tsunami in Southeast Asia. Major projects include month-long assignments in both China and Russia.
Among his many awards, Lehmann was named photojournalist of the year in 2012 and 2013 by the News Photographers Association of Canada, and in 2014 and 2015 by the Canadian Association of Journalists. His images have won a variety of prizes, including a National Newspaper Award for news feature photography in 2007. In 1998, he was named photographer of the year by the Canadian Press.
Lehmann worked in Canada for The Globe and Mail, Reuters, the National Post, and the Canadian Press. He began his career in Asia, first at the South China Morning Post, the daily newspaper in Hong Kong, and several publications thereafter. Lehmann studied photojournalism at Loyalist College in Belleville, Ontario, where he received his diploma in 1991.
Most recently Lehmann has set up a successful photography company shooting editorial and commercial assignments around the world.