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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 2006 I undertook my first trip to Africa and that two week visit opened my eyes to a much bigger and different world to the one that I had been exposed to up to that time.  Work through countries such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Mali, Pakistan, India, Bolivia and Papua New Guinea added further grist to the mill.

Throughout the course of my photographic career I have been fortunate to work through some 30 countries and to have produced seven large format coffee table books. 

My work has also exhibited internationally with major exhibitions in South Africa and China.