Born in Sheffield, England, Patrick Brown spent a nomadic childhood living in the Middle East, Canada and Africa before his family finally settled in Perth, Western Australia.
On leaving school, he spent a year surfing, then completed a 4 year apprenticeship as a machinist. Whilst constructing theatre sets he taught himself to use a camera, and honed his photographic skills by capturing dance and action on stage. However he found himself increasingly drawn to documentary photography, and was greatly influenced by images of war and urban strife during the 1980’s and 90’s.
Patrick decided to return to Africa, unaware that it would become a career launching journey. After selling his car and surf board for funds, he spent 6 weeks documenting the work of Robert Weedon, a remarkable Australian surgeon who had previously saved his life. On returning to Australia his photographs became a major exhibition, raising thousands of dollars for charity, and winning Kodak Photographer of The Year. Inspired by this success, Patrick left for Asia in 1999. He has since made Thailand his base, devoting himself to documenting critical issues across the Asia region.
Patrick Brown is the recipient of the 3P Photographer Award, World Press Award, Days Japan Award, Picture Of The Year Award, New York Photographic Book Award and NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Award for his work. His work has been exhibited at prestigious galleries and museums, including the International Center of Photography in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo, and Visa pour l’Image in France. Patrick is represented by Panos Pictures and continues to cover social issues that are often forgotten by the mainstream media today.
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