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Michael Christopher Brown
American, b. 1978
What interests me about the photographic process is the relationship between distance and honesty. As one moves closer to their limits, they often become more honest. ”
Michael Christopher Brown is a photographer and filmmaker raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. His recent work-in-progress explores the electronica music and youth scene in Havana, Cuba, and the conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. In China (2009/2010) he put together a series of works from road and train trips, while Libyan Sugar (2011) explored ethical distance and the iconography of warfare while using a phone camera. A contributing photographer at publications such as National Geographic Magazine and The New York Times Magazine, he was subject of the 2012 HBO documentary Witness: Libya. His photographs were exhibited at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Instituto Cervantes (New York), The Museum of Fine Arts (Houston), the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Brooklyn Museum. Libyan Sugar book was released in 2016 by Twin Palms Publishers, a film and a mixed media installation will complete the project.