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 current work explores the years 2012-2017, a transformative period while working and living between Africa, America and Cuba. 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. Yo Soy Fidel, which documents Cubans observing Fidel Castro’s funeral procession along the central highway, will be published by Damiani in June 2018. He is based in Los Angeles.