July 2, 2013
by Michael Christopher Brown
Michael Christopher Brown, Magnum’s 2013 nominee, is from the farming community of Skagit Valley, Washington. A graduate of the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University in 2003, Brown often uses his camera phone in the field. In Sakhalin, he captured the remote Russian island, while Broadway focused on New Yorkers amidst the financial crisis. He also put together a series of works from trips throughout China, and in 2011, spent six months documenting the Libyan revolution. Brown’s upcoming book, Libyan Sugar, profiles that experience, and Brown was the subject of a 2010 HBO documentary, Witness: Libya. His work has been shown at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Annenberg Space for Photography, the Corcoran Gallery, and the Brooklyn Museum of Art. In addition, he was a finalist for the Oskar Barnack award, W. Eugene Smith Grant, and the the 2011 Emerging Photographer Award. His work has also been featured on PBS, NPR, TIME, Newsweek, the New York Times, and The Atlantic, and more, and he has been a contributing photographer at National Geographic Magazine since 2005.
His current project examines resource conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Here's a first look at Michael Christopher Brown on the Magnum site.