Michael Christopher Brown was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. Often using a camera phone as a primary recording device, his current work explores the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In Sakhalin (2008), he captured the remote Russian island, while Broadway (2009) focused on New Yorkers amidst the financial crisis. He also put together a series of works from road and train trips throughout China (2009/2010) and, in 2011, documented the Libyan Revolution using a camera phone, exploring ethical distance and the iconography of warfare. A contributing photographer at publications such as National Geographic Magazine, Time 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. His forthcoming book, Libyan Sugar, will be published in 2014 by Twin Palms Publishers.
“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. ”