Exploring themes of protest, wealth, poverty, youth, old age, sexuality, and the strengths and weaknesses of contemporary culture often using his work as a platform for advanced ideas photographer, director and artist Bil Brown pushes the boundaries of visual storytelling in the realm of photography and cinematography as concrete poetry infused with history, and empathy for our cultural milieu.
An artist with a lineage, working as a poet with Beat Generation co-founder Allen Ginsberg, in the realm of experimental film with cinema-icon Stan Brakhage, performance art and theatre with Meredith Monk, Judith Malina/Living Theatre and others of another time and another sense of art-as-activism. Under the watchful eyes of pioneering MAGNUM photographers Bruce Gilden and Antonie D’Agata to find a sense of purpose of vision rarely seen in today’s photographic milieu.
Bil has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, and the Rockefeller Center, organized festivals and workshops, founded a school and launched the quarterly Black & Grey magazine, shown in galleries, hosted performance series and has been visiting artist at universities and colleges. Awards include the AIGA Top 100 for creative direction, the Advertising Federation of America GOLD Award. A regular contributor to Purple Fashion Magazine, FLAUNT Magazine, AUTRE Magazine, BLOK, LFI, S magazine, SCHON, Interview Germany, PAPER and others. His 2018 show, PROTEST, at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles with the estate of the iconic photographer Jim Marshall places Bil solidly in the canon of photography.
Bil is based in Los Angeles, and works worldwide.