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About Hugh Brown

I am an Australian documentary photographer.  I say "documentary" because I have made it my life's work to document aspects of our world that are rapidly changing.  People.  Towns.  Occupations.  Landscapes.  It is my life's goal to take important photographs: not "pretty photographs".  When I hang up the camera I want to feel that I have made a meaningful contribution to the life and conscience of our planet.

 My expedition team standing on a suspension bridge over a tributary of the Indus River after the conclusion of my first expedition in Northern Pakistan in 2015.  We'd just hiked high up into the Karakorum Range to photograph men mining literally on the sides of 500 metre cliff faces at altitudes in excess of 4000 metres.

My expedition team standing on a suspension bridge over a tributary of the Indus River after the conclusion of my first expedition in Northern Pakistan in 2015.  We'd just hiked high up into the Karakorum Range to photograph men mining literally on the sides of 500 metre cliff faces at altitudes in excess of 4000 metres.

My photographic life began after I left my law studies and management consulting career to move to Western Australia's Kimberley region back in 1998.  Photography was not something I'd thought of as a career to that point and the camera came along on my early adventures because I was seeing such incredibly beautiful and remote places.

In 2010 I embarked on a unique project to document the lives of this planet’s 30 million men, women and children mining by hand.

It is a project that is taking me to some of our world’s most dangerous, remote and spectacular locations.  

And it has tested every element of my mental, physical and spiritual being just to stay alive.

But nothing worth giving in life is easy and a big part of my DNA is making a contribution.  Doing what feels worthwhile.

This project will result in the production of a major photo art book, a world-class feature documentary film and a series of exhibitions that will tour the world’s major cities.

I’ve termed this project “Our Cruellest Earth: Man’s Quest for a Better Life”.