I'm a photojournalist, event photographer, and video documentary maker based in Richmond, Virginia. During my 20-plus-year career, I have photographed conflicts, connections, politics, activism, and much more around the world — and in my own backyard. My strength is capturing life candidly, clearly, and creatively.
I strive to tell stories in pictures about people and situations that might not otherwise be told, with integrity, professionalism. independence. passion, and compassion.
My documentary, Full Disclosure, which appeared in 2011 on The Documentary Channel, along with several magazine articles and photo exhibitions, grew out of three news media "embeds" in Iraq with U.S. Marines. My photos have appeared in the New York Times, Fortune, US News & World Report, Pixel Press, Politiken (Copenhagen), ColorLines, Die Zeit, and other publications. I photograph for nonprofit clients, including the North Star Fund, the Academy of American Poets, Museum of the Moving Image, and the Applied Research Center. (See: brianpalmer.photos)
I have also contributed video to the U.S. public television program Now with David Brancaccio, ABC World News, and MTV News & Docs. I have written essays and news articles for The Root, Mother Jones, Huffington Post, among publications and websites. I blog for a variety of sites, including my own, bxpnyc.wordpress.com.
Before going freelance in 2002, I was a CNN correspondent. Prior to that, I was Beijing bureau chief for US News & World Report, during which time I photographed for many of my articles.
Currently, I'm making a documentary, Make the Ground Talk, about an abandoned African American burial ground within the confines of a classified US military base, photographing cemeteries in Tidewater Virginia, and events nationally.