Michael Christopher Brown was raised in the Skagit Valley, a farming community in Washington State. He became known for using a phone camera while reporting from around the world, and for his documentation of the 2011 Libyan Civil War and the resulting monograph, Libyan Sugar, which won the Paris Photo Book Award and the ICP Infinity Award.
A National Geographic Photographer since 2005 and a former photographer at Magnum Photos, he was the main character in the Michael Mann directed HBO documentary series Witness: Libya.
Brown has exhibited at galleries and museums including the Brooklyn Museum, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, the Musee De L’Homme and others. He is also a writer, Jiu-Jitsu practitioner and father.