Photographer Michael Christopher Brown's work has taken him all over the world, from conflict zones in the middle east to post-Castro Cuba. Often shooting with just a smartphone, Brown's work is characterized by an intimacy and immediacy that in some cases, makes it difficult viewing.

Getting close to the action has its risks, as he found out in 2011 in Libya, where he was seriously injured in an attack that killed fellow photographers Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros.

Michael's 'Native America' project focuses on the people and cultures of native American reservations across the USA

In the years since he returned from Libya, Michael has traveled all over the globe, but his latest commission brought him all the way back home. Starting in his home state of Washington, Michael's 'Native America' project focuses on the people and cultures of native American reservations across the USA.

Funded by a grant from Sony in 2017, the project has taken him to 16 reservations in seven states. Despite the challenges faced by the native populations inside the reservations, Brown describes the project - which was shot using the Sony a9 - as a 'celebration of life'.

We sat down with Michael recently to talk to him about his career up to and including the 'Native America' project.


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