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 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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Selected Galleries

Libya. Congo. Cuba.


Michael Christopher Brown was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. His in-progress book projects document the electronica youth scene in Havana, Cuba, the aftermath of the death of Fidel Castro and the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. A contributing photographer at publications such as National Geographic Magazine, he was the subject of the HBO documentary Witness: Libya and the Magnum Photos / Land Rover “Ultimate Vistas” Campaign. His photographs were exhibited at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Instituto Cervantes, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Annenberg Space for Photography and the Brooklyn Museum. Michael’s book Libyan Sugar (Twin Palms Publishers), produced during the Libyan Revolution 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 July 2017 he began an America project with the support of Sony.