Photo by Elena Spirina
Michael Christopher Brown was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. His work explores the electronica music and youth scene in Havana, Cuba, as well as the ongoing conflict in Congo (D.R.C. 2012-present). 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. His book Libyan Sugar was released in 2016 by Twin Palms Publishers.