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. Although not initially a photographer, Bil is a 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. More recently, Bil has been 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 and cinematic work.
Bil's visual imagery translates into a timeless exploration of otherness and odd anarchistic beauty that is seen rarely in today's commercially mundane, social media infused "liked" culture. Founder of the short-lived powerful Black & Grey magazine, he explores a transgressive history, with an attention to 21st century concerns within the context of a history of the Avant-Garde. Working in both still and cinematic work, in both editorial stories and portraits, Bil explores 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.
As an artist, 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 countless publications, been shown in pop-up galleries, solo shows, hosted performance series and has been visiting artist at universities and conservatories. Awards include the AIGA Top 100 for creative direction, the Advertising Federation of America GOLD Award. Bil is a regular contributor to Purple Fashion Magazine, FLAUNT Magazine, AUTRE Magazine, BLOK, LFI, S magazine, and others. His 2018 show, PROTEST, at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles with the estate of the iconic photographer Jim Marshall and photographer/creative director Mynxii White, places Bil solidly in the canon of photographic history and beyond.
Based in Los Angeles, Bil frequently travels around the US and to Europe and Asia.