Patrick Brown

Bangkok, Thailand


Australian, 1969

Patrick has lived and worked in Thailand for nearly 20 years.

Born in Sheffield, England, Patrick spent his childhood moving to the Middle East and Africa before his family finally settled in Perth, Western Australia.

On leaving school, Patrick taught himself photography while working as a set builder for theatre and ballet where he honed his photographic skills capturing the action on stage. However, he found himself increasingly drawn into documentary photography and in 1994 Patrick decided to return to Africa. He spent six weeks in Malawi documenting the work of a remarkable Australian surgeon, Robert Weedon, who had once saved his own life. Returning home, his photos soon became a major exhibition and won him 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 Asia which are often ignored by the mainstream media. 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. Continuing to work on the subject, his book ‘Trading to Extinction’ was nominated in the 10 best photo documentary books of 2014 by AmericanPhoto.

Patrick is the recipient of the 3P Photographer Award, a World Press Award, a Days Japan Award, Picture Of The Year Awards and a NPPA’s Best of Photojournalism Award for his work. He has been exhibited at the International Centre of Photography in New York, the Metropolitan Museum of Photography in Tokyo and Visa pour l’Image in France.

His photographs have appeared in The New Yorker, TIME, Newsweek, Vanity Fair, National Geographic, Mother Jones, Stern Magazine, Der Spiegel, Marie Claire, New York Times, Aperture, GEO Germany and the International Herald Tribune. He has also worked with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, The Red Cross, Unicef and World Vision.

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On the morning of 30 August 2017, according to eyewitnesses, Burmese soldiers carried out the Tula Toli massacre, a mass-killing of Rohingya people, with the support of local Rakhines from the same village.

Through images and stories from 20 countries, across every continent, a collaboration between Water & Sanitation for the Urban Poor (WSUP) and Panos Pictures shows the importance of adequate sanitation for women and girls.

In some of Thailand’s toughest prisons, the ancient sport of Muay Thai, or kickboxing, is being promoted as a novel form of prisoner rehabilitation.

The wildlife business is the third largest illegal trade in the world, rivalled only by guns and drugs.

Australians’ fondness for their unique marsupial friends has not prevented the animals from becoming an increasingly big business, commercially harvested for their meat and their hides.

Two years after an uprising by Burmese monks, investigators try to find out what happened to those who were beaten and imprisoned.

With a burgeoning population, rising sea levels, wide-spread poverty and volatile politics, Bangladesh finds itself at the sharp end of climate change and associated challenges it will need to face in the coming decades.

Patrick Brown’s interpretation of the word ‘Hope’ – commissioned by Courrier Japon magazine on the occasion of Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009~~’When I first started working on the Hope project, I simply thought about the word which at first seemed full of positive connotations.