Bio

Photo © Mike McCall, 2011

Brian Brown is an architectural and documentary photographer, historian, and author from Fitzgerald, Georgia.

Milton N. Hopkins, Jr., author of In One Place: The Natural History of a Georgia Farmer, was one of the first people, besides his parents,  to encourage his writing. At 16 he began publishing observations on the birdlife of southern Georgia in The Oriole, the state ornithological journal and did a piece about roadside wildflowers for the state botanical magazine, Tipularia. While working on his high school newspaper, he interviewed Erskine Caldwell, legendary Georgia author of Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre. At Young Harris College, in 1989, he received the Danforth Bearse Memorial Poetry Prize for work in the Corn Creek Review.

He earned a BA Degree in History from Georgia College (Now Georgia College & State University) in 1992.

He has published extensively on Georgia history, with a concentration on the flight of the Confederate executive branch in 1865. He spent three years with the Department of Natural Resources at Irwinville, Georgia, site of Jefferson Davis’ capture by Union troops. He was instrumental in modernizing and documenting primary sources during the state’s reacquisition of the property from Irwin County. Research at that time led to publication in The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion (UGA Press); The Civil War Trust’s Official Guide to the Civil War Discovery Trail (Frommer’s); Georgia Journal; Georgia Backroads; and Tifton Magazine, as well as an appearance on the ever-popular GPTV feature Georgia’s Backroads. (See the Links & Media tab on the home page for a link to the video)

In 2008 he was a recipient of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, one of the largest independent literary prizes in the United States.

His poems appear in over 50 journals and anthologies: Birmingham Arts Journal; Blue Collar ReviewBreadcrumb ScabsCaveat Lector; Chiron Review; Clapboard House; Connecticut River Review; Dead Mule School of Southern Literature; Delmarva Review; Ganymede; Homestead Review; Inkwell; Keyhole; Louisiana Review; Off the Rocks; Powhatan Review; Red Hills Reader; Roanoke Review; Santa Clara Review; Snake Nation Review; Town Creek Poetry; Windy City Times, and The Wiregrass Reader, among numerous others.

One of his poems was recently selected by editor Will Wright for inclusion in the forthcoming Southern Poetry Anthology: Georgia edition, from Texas Review Press.

Presently, his focus has shifted more to documenting, through photography, the endangered vernacular architecture and culture of South Georgia for his websites Vanishing South Georgia, Vanishing Coastal Georgia, Georgia in the Great Depression, and Irwinville Farms. He has self-published Vanishing Irwin County and Vanishing Coffee County to help support the mission of the websites, and has three or four planned for 2012. This, in addition to other book projects independent of the websites, keeps him very busy. He’s also collaborating on a documentary about his work with a Savannah filmmaker.

Recent and forthcoming commercial, editorial, and personal photographic credits include Altamaha Riverkeeper; Bainbridge Post Searchlight; Blue & Gray Museum; Brown’s Guide to Georgia; Bryan County, Georgia; Capper’s; Chapman Cultural Center (Spartanburg SC); Cheapflights UK; Clementine; Coastal Courier; Daily Yonder; Dancing Moon Press; Dickinson State University; Eleanor Henderson; Fellowship Memphis; Fitzgerald Herald-Leader; Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination; Fox Theatre Institute; GALILEO-University System of Georgia; George J. Lambert; Georgia Music Foundation; Georgia News Network; Georgia Public Broadcasting; Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation; Golden Isles Magazine; Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association; Grit; Imaginative Journeys History Workshops; Jimmy Carter National Historic Site; Layton Construction (Colquitt Regional Medical Center); Like the Dew: A Journal of Southern Culture & Politics;  Lo-Fidelity; Long County News; Ogden Publications; Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids; Owen Keehnen; Ottawa Citizen; Paddle Georgia; Pickle Factory Design; The Rambler; Red Booth Review; Red Line Blues; Reluctant Saints; Savannah Morning News; Smithsonian Institution (New Harmonies, Moultrie, Georgia); South x Southeast; South Georgia College; Subliminal Interiors; Tattnall Journal; Thomasville Landmarks; Tifton Scene; truTV; Tulane Review; WTOC-Savannah; and W. W. Norton. Other work appears on book and CD covers, calendars, and in an increasing number of private collections.

Brown recently became the official project photographer for the Fox Theatre Institute, the nation’s largest theatre preservation group, headquartered at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre. He will be traveling around the state documenting numerous old theatres before and after renovation.

He also serves on the board of the Blue & Gray Museum in Fitzgerald.

Some of his work is represented by Getty Images.

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