On leaving school, Brown taught himself photography while working as a set builder for theater and ballet where he honed his photographic skills capturing the action on stage. However he found himself increasingly drawn into documentary photography and heavily influenced by images of war and urban strife in the 1980s and 90s Patrick decided to return to Africa. Little did he know that this would become a career-launching trip. Selling his surf board and car to fund the journey he spent six weeks in Malawi documenting the work of a remarkable Australian surgeon who had once saved his own life.
Returning home, his photos soon became a major exhibition, raising thousands of dollars for charity and winning the Australian Kodak Photographer of the Year award.
Inspired by this success Patrick left for Asia in 1999. He has since made Thailand his base, devoting himself to documenting critical issues across the Asia region. His major project on the illegal trade in endangered animals won a World Press Photo award in 2004 and a multimedia award from POYi in 2008.
Honors and Awards:
2009 New York Photographic Book Awards, USA
2008 NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Award, Documentary, USA
2008 NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Award, Multimedia. USA
2008 Picture of the Year International, Multimedia project, USA
2008 The Society for News, USA
2005 Picture of the Year International, USA
2005 3p Foundation Award, French
2005 Days Japan Award: Jury Award
2005 World Press Photo Award: Second Prize, Category “Nature”
1994 Kodak Australia Award, City of Perth, Australia