John H. Brown, Jr.
The photographic work of John Brown has evolved through many years of intensive observations of our changing environment. Born in Washington, DC, and inspired by nature, Brown’s photo-based art accentuates tactile and translucent surfaces, hypnotic patterns, as well as graceful abstract formations.
His images have been exhibited in museums and galleries both in the United States and abroad, including the critically acclaimed, “Reflections in Black, A History of Black Photographers” at the Smithsonian Institution in 2000. Brown’s work is featured in numerous public and private collections (including the U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies Program; Marriott Corporation; and Banana Republic/GAP) throughout the world. He also has been the recipient of two Artist Fellowships from the D.C. Commission for the Arts & Humanities/National Endowment for the Arts.
One of my favorite photos – as a TMTTR Artist – was taken while we visited and worked in Aix-en-Provence, France in 2012. Take Me to the River worked with the Musee des Tapisseries and community organizations, including The Friends of the Pavillon de Vendome, Center Albert Camus, Croix Rouge, Foyer Henry Dunant, and Foyer l’Oree du Jour. In this image, you see TMTTR artists preparing photographic imagery – taken by citizens in Aix-en-Provence – for further artistic “treatments” by the citizens before they are hung on display at the Museum. Photo credit: Victor Ekpuk.