Bryste, Chwefror 2018

Image from 'Yo soy Fidel' © Michael Christopher Brown

Michael Christopher Brown is an American photojournalist and documentary photographer who immersed himself in travel and covering foreign assignments - including major conflict zones - professionally from 2006. Michael has been a contributing photographer at National Geographic since 2005 and joined Magnum Photos as a nominee in 2013 and was an associate from 2015 until June 2017.

Probably his best known work to date is his monograph 'Libyan Sugar' which won the Paris Photo First Photobook Award and the International Center of Photography's 2017 Infinity Award for Artist's Book. This unique book demonstrated his skill in using primarily an iPhone to photograph the Libyan Revolution from 2011-2012 where he covered several battles, was ambushed several times and injured twice. He survived the same mortar attack that killed his close friend and photojournalist colleague Tim Hetherington.

Ffoton spoke to Michael in early 2018 during a trip to the UK to plan his next book on Cuba where, as part of his 'Paradiso' project, he's been documenting the electronica music and youth scene in Havana. Whilst working there, he witnessed the national grieving and had exclusive access to the funeral cortege of the late leader Fidel Castro as it travelled from Havana to his grave in Santiago. Michael is currently working on a large documentary project on native Americans.

We were pleased and grateful to have Professor Richard Sambrook conduct the interview - an experienced journalist and ex-Director of News at the BBC who oversaw their coverage of the 2003 Iraq conflict. And thanks also to Martin and his team who kindly accommodated us for the recording on a busy day at The Martin Parr Foundation in Bristol.

See below for a small selection of Michael's work, reproduced here on Ffoton with kind permission of the photographer.

Yma ar Ffoton trwy garedigrwydd y ffotograffydd fe welwch gasgliad bychan o'i waith isod.

View more of Michael's work on his website michaelchristopherbrown.com

Gallery images © Michael Christopher Brown and used with permission of the photographer.
Podcast images © Brian Carroll.

Videos on Michael's work

Using the iPhone in photojournalism and collaboration with other creative practitioners. Ffoton on YouTube

'Libyan Sugar'. International Center of Photography on YouTube

Native America Project. DP Review on YouTube

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