“Would Libya be different? Would it be a different world? Something told us so. Something would be there for us.”
Centered around the 2011 Libyan Revolution, Libyan Sugar is a road trip through a war zone, detailed through photographs, journal entries, and written communication with family and colleagues. A record of Michael Christopher Brown’s life both inside and outside Libya during that year, the work is about a young man going to war for the first time and his experience of that age-old desire to get as close as possible to a conflict in order to discover something about war and something about himself—perhaps a certain definition of life and death.
Michael was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. His recent work includes an in-progress book documenting Fidel Castro’s funeral procession and another exploring the years 2012-2017, a transformative period when he lived between Congo, Cuba and New York City. A visual artist and documentarian, Michael was the subject of the HBO documentary Witness: Libya and the Land Rover “Ultimate Vistas” Campaign. His photographs were exhibited at venues such as The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Brooklyn Museum. His book Libyan Sugar (Twin Palms Publishers), produced during the Libyan Revolution while using a phone camera, won the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation First Photo- Book Award and the 2017 International Center of Photography Infinity Artist Book Award. In 2017 Michael began an America project with the support of Sony.