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 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 photographically document the lives of this planet’s 30 million men, women and children mining by hand.

It is a project that has taken me to some of the 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, let-alone execute an immensely complex major project.

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

I’ve termed this project “Our Cruellest Earth: Man’s Quest for a Better Life”. Because ultimately we can all learning something from these miners. We are all miners at heart.


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