GOLDEN GATE BRIDGESAN FRANCISCO
is at the core of my design work, however design and photography are always fighting to get to the surface – but it's this vital friction [and splashing about] that keeps things interesting."
BORN IN BRIGHTON, U.K., now based in Toronto, Brown has won multiple gold and silver awards for magazine art direction and design in Canada and the U.S. Over the past 20 years he has art directed and designed magazines including; I.C.E., Shift, Raygun [California prototype], Outpost, enRoute [Air Canada], Adbusters, Unlimited – and was Creative Director of Alberta Venture, which also picked up a number of Canadian Western Magazine Awards. For Shift, he took a prestigious New York Type Directors Club award.
His obsession with design began with an early interest in typography and Swiss design. At 11 he took a hiatus from art discovering football [soccer], kayaking, table tennis, cycling and visited Paris for the first time, alone at 14*.
At 15 – before he had his own camera – photography kicked-in, and he began printing his father’s negatives in a basement darkroom. A few years later,
he bought a Mamiya 4×5 and studied Ansel Adam’s and Fred Picker's
Black & White 'Zone System'.
At 20 Brown moved to Canada, where his work was soon exhibited and published in numerous publications. He photographed ballet for a two years, including pictures of National Ballet dancers then switched to art direction and design studying at GBC which resulted in an Art Director position at Citytv and MuchMusic.
Magazines followed soon after and his photography took a back seat again. However he purchased his first digital full-frame 35mm camera in 2008; all the work on this site has been created since then.
Malcolm Hugh Brown