Michael Christopher Brown November 20, 2010Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Ohio University, Russia.
Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, Sakhalin Island, Russia
Michael Christopher Brown (b. 1977, USA) moved to New York and began working as a freelance photographer in 2006. He has worked for publications such as Fortune, The Atlantic, ESPN The Magazine, Financial Times, GEO France, Conde Nast Portfolio, Time, National Geographic Magazine, The Economist, Monocle, Smithsonian, Ventiquattro, The Nature Conservancy and The New York Times. When not on assignment he can be found driving around China in his modified bread van, taking pictures with the iPhone and Kodak films.
About the Photograph:
“I first traveled to Sakhalin Island, Russia, to work on an editorial piece about the island’s energy riches, which, since the 90’s, sparked a booming economy from this tired outpost in Russia’s lost eastern frontier. As the majority of the population was living in broken, rusted skeletons of communities formerly dominated by fishing, timber and coal industries, I tried to photograph a changing psyche in the air. The young couple in this photograph were at The Chameleon bar in Yuzhno-Sakhalinsk, the capital city of Sakhalin. All the young people here knew each other. I knew someone who knew the owner of the bar and nearly everyone in the room, so I was able to walk around and photograph everything. No one paid me any attention.”