Libyan Sugar

“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 phone camera 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.

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Michael was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. His recent work includes an in-progress book exploring the years 2012-2017, a transformative period while living between Africa, American and Cuba, and a forthcoming book about Fidel Castro’s funeral procession (Damiani, June 2018). Known for an innovative use of phone cameras, his book Libyan Sugar, produced with a phone camera during the Libyan Revolution, won the 2016 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation First Photo- Book Award and the 2017 International Center of Photography Infinity Artist Book Award. He is based in Los Angeles.