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Photographer Biography: John Brown

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I am a freelance photojournalist and writer based in Cambodia. After spending several years as an electronic/print marketing executive in the travel industry, I decided to pursue a career as a photojournalist after witnessing the adverse living conditions of some of the residents of Southeast Asia. My work has been web and print published by various entities including Public Services International, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, The World Bank, Visionary World, The Lincoln Library, Utusan Malaysia, Environment Magazine, Water and Environment Magazine, The Star (Malaysia), World Pulse and the Arup Corporation, as well as several NGO's. Photos have been exhibited at a variety of venues including The Toronto Press Club, the 2007 Festival of the Photograph in Charlottesville, Virginia, and Melkweg Galerie, Amsterdam, The Netherlands in conjunction with the 2008 Global Conference on Sustainability and Transparency. I will continue to photograph and report on issues that are important including; health, living conditions, press freedom, corporate malfeasance, governmental wrongdoing, corruption, the environment, human rights and poverty.
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Photography and Photojournalism News From Gaia Photos
By John Brown
Posted in blog on 22 June 2010
Stats: 5,432 views and 1 Comment

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Hello everyone!  It’s nice to meet you all here once again!  After receiving a comment on our Facebook Fan Page from Maria Gumil saying, “Love this page”, we decided it was time we to thank you all for following along and wanted to share [...]

By John Brown
Posted in blog on 27 September 2009
Stats: 5,518 views and No Comments

Children without hearing (deaf) work on their art projects at The National Rehabilitation Center in Vientiane, Laos.

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Remember when you were a kid and your teacher came to your desk to ask you what colors you wanted to use for your finger painting? [...]

PHOTOJOURNALISM: Limited Access At Cambodian Genocide Trial
By John Brown
Posted in blog on 26 September 2009
Stats: 5,960 views and 5 Comments

Barbed wire surrounds the Tuol Sleng Genocide Museum in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

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What if you were a photojournalist assigned to document an international news event but it’s organizers denied you and your colleagues full access to the episode’s main stage? [...]

Laos: The Rocky Road To Education
By John Brown
Posted in all, features, asia-pacific, slides on 25 August 2009
Stats: 12,069 views and No Comments

The only country that can be reached easily from Laos, a country of 6 million inhabitants, is Thailand. Between Laos and Vietnam lies the Annamite Cordillera mountain range, crossable at only six passes. High mountains equally hinder travel to Burma and China.

It has been less than 10 years since Laos opened its doors to [...]

Laos: National Rehabilitation Center
By John Brown
Posted in all, features, asia-pacific, slides on 20 March 2009
Stats: 14,262 views and 2 Comments

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“Why can’t America buy me a new leg?” asked a 55-year-old former RLA (Royal Lao Army) soldier from Xieng Khoaung (Xiang Khuang, Phonsavan) Laos, as he grasped a set of parallel bars during an impromptu workout at the National Rehabilitation Center in Vientiane, Laos. “Oh I don’t know” replied [...]

Cambodia: Poverty On Smokey Mountain
By John Brown
Posted in all, features, asia-pacific on 10 January 2009
Stats: 28,165 views and 7 Comments

Informal waste collection systems have many environmental and economic advantages. They reduce the need for landfill and save natural resources while providing an important lifeline for some of the world’s poorest people. In Buenos Aires, informal waste collectors known as “scavengers” recover 9 – 17% of municipal waste, representing an estimated savings for the municipality [...]