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, after earlier studies at Young Harris College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.
He has published primarily 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.
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 Review; Breadcrumb Scabs; Caveat Lector; Chiron Review; Clapboard House; Connecticut River Review; Dead Mule School of Southern Literature; Delmarva Review; Homestead Review; Inkwell; Keyhole; Louisiana Review; Powhatan Review; Red Hills Reader; Roanoke Review; Santa Clara Review; Snake Nation Review; Southern Poetry Anthology: Georgia (Texas Review Press, 2012, Will Wright, Editor); Town Creek Poetry; and The Wiregrass Reader, among numerous others.
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.
Recent and forthcoming commercial, editorial, and personal photographic credits include Altamaha Riverkeeper; American Palate/History Press (A History of Honey in Georgia and the Carolinas by April Aldrich); Bainbridge Post Searchlight; Blue & Gray Museum; Brown’s Guide to Georgia; Bryan County Board of Commissioners; Capper’s; Center for a Better South; Chapman Cultural Center (Spartanburg SC); Cheapflights UK; Clementine; Coastal Courier; Daily Yonder; Dancing Moon Press (Doorway Unto Darkness by Owen Keehnen); Dickinson State University; Eleanor Henderson; Espeute Productions; Fellowship Memphis; Fitzgerald Herald-Leader; Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination; Fox Theatre Institute; GALILEO-University System of Georgia; Garden & Gun; George J. Lambert; Georgia Focus-Georgia News Network (Interview with John Clark); Georgia Music Foundation; Georgia Preservation Conference; Georgia Public Broadcasting; Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation; Golden Isles Magazine; Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association (Picturing Our History -Exhibit with Mike McCall & Troup Nightingale at the Ritz Theatre, Brunswick); Grit; Imaginative Journeys History Workshops; The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies; Jimmy Carter National Historic Site; Layton Construction (Colquitt Regional Medical Center); Leapfrog Press (Being Dead in South Carolina: Stories by Jacob White); Like the Dew: A Journal of Southern Culture & Politics; Lo-Fidelity; Long County News; Ogden Publications; Old Farmer’s Almanac for Kids; Ottawa Citizen; Paddle Georgia; Perry United Methodist Church; Pickle Factory Design; The Rambler; Red Booth Review; Red Line Blues; Reluctant Saints; Savannah Morning News; Savannah Villas; Smithsonian Institution (New Harmonies, Moultrie, Georgia); South x Southeast; South Georgia College; Southern Crecsent; State Bank of Cochran; Subliminal Interiors; Sylvester Local News; Tattnall Journal; Thomasville Landmarks; Tifton Scene; truTV; Tulane Review; University of Georgia – Department of Marine Sciences; University of South Carolina Press (Varieties of Southern Religious History: Essays in Honor of Donald G. Mathews); University of Virginia – Department of Drama; WMAZ(CBS)-Macon; WTOC(CBS)-Savannah; and W. W. Norton(The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia by Mary Helen Stefaniak). Other work appears on book and CD covers, calendars, and in an increasing number of private collections.
Brown recently worked as a project photographer for the Fox Theatre Institute, the nation’s largest theatre preservation group, headquartered at Atlanta’s Fabulous Fox Theatre. He’s also participated as a judge in Atlanta Celebrates Photography (Arts Clayton). He serves on the board of the Blue & Gray Museum in Fitzgerald.
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