In May 2017, Michael Christopher Brown worked with Magnum Photos and Land Rover on their “Ultimate Vistas” campaign, in Michael’s home state of Washington. This is a trailer for the series of four episodes, coming soon. Read more.
II. Cuba Is
The Annenberg Space for Photography
According to photographer Michael Christopher Brown, Americans have a “distant idea” of Cuba, often idealizing the island as a paradise of architecture, cigars, rum, and vintage automobiles. Brown discusses his ongoing “Paradiso” project, which reveals the more complex reality of how Cubans are “surviving the paradise.” Brown followed two young DJs in Havana, and their youthful electronica scene, capturing a generation that came of age during the “Special Period” who are trying to thrive in a society largely cut off from the rest of the world. Read more.
III. Outrage is not enough
by Magnum Photos, Ogilvy & Amnesty International
In January 2017, Michael Christopher Brown worked with Magnum Photos and Ogilvy to direct a piece of Amnesty International’s “Outrage is not enough” campaign, in Kenya’s Kakuma Refugee Camp. Read more.
After spending a year on a failed photographic project in China, Michael Christopher Brown needed a change. A year later, he was recovering from a near fatal injury, and the wounds of a loss that shook the photography community to its core. See the project, which uses pieces of Michael’s 6-channel “Libyan Sugar” video piece. Read more.
Since 1985, the International Center of Photography has recognized outstanding achievements in photography with its prestigious Infinity Awards. The awards ceremony is also ICP’s primary fundraising benefit, with its revenues assisting the center’s various programs.
Harbers Studios commissioned MediaStorm, on behalf of ICP, to create a short film about each of the recipients to screen at the awards ceremony and to display online. The films pay tribute to the contributions of each artist to the craft and field of photography and demonstrate ICP’s commitment to them.
This year’s winner for Artist’s Book is Michael Christopher Brown, a photojournalist who documented the revolution and its aftermath in Libya. His groundbreaking book, Libyan Sugar, serves as a record for Michael’s time in Libya, in which he documents both the tragedies and triumphs of revolution; and the ways that it transformed a young photojournalist struggling to find his voice.
V. Witness: Libya
HBO “Witness: Libya” follows photographer Michael Christopher Brown into chaotic post-Gaddafi Libya. The documentary includes much archival footage (still/video) taken by Michael over an 8 month period in Libya in 2011. Read more.
Michael Christopher Brown has been to Libya five times during the conflicts that brought down Gaddafi’s rule. Now, the revolution is over, but the chaos has only begun; the current situation in Libya is even more complicated. Internecine fighting continues, not unexpectedly. After 42 years of Gaddafi and no democratic tradition, Libya was not going to magically turn into Connecticut. On an earlier trip, in April 2011, Brown was in Misrata with veteran photojournalists Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros. He remembers having an uneasy feeling, saying, “The city was like a shooting gallery that day.” Then a mortar round struck nearby, Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed, and Brown was wounded. In WITNESS: LIBYA, Brown is in the extreme moments of present-day chaos and reliving the loss of his friends and mentors. Directed by Abdallah Omeish; produced by Julie Herrin and Josiah Hooper.
A Blue Light Media/Little Puppet Production. Executive producers are Michael Mann and David Frankham. It features photojournalists Eros Hoagland, Michael Christopher Brown and Veronique de Viguerie. Cinematographer is Jared Moosey and composer is Antonio Pinto. An HBO Documentary Films presentation.
In addition to installations for his projects in China, Libya, Congo and Cuba, Michael’s footage has been used in documentaries including Which Way Is The Front Line From Here? The Life and Time of Tim Hetherington (2013), The Prosecutors (2014), This is Congo (2017), and Hondros (2017).