Born in Brighton, U.K., Brown, now based in Toronto, has won numerous 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; I.C.E., Shift, Raygun [prototype], Outpost, enRoute [Air Canada], Adbusters, and Unlimited – and was Creative Director of Alberta Venture/Oil, which also picked up a number of Canadian and Western Magazine Awards. For Shift he took a 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 and cycling. But then at 15 – before he had his own camera – photography kicked-in, and he began printing his father’s negatives in a basement darkroom.
Three years later, he bought a Mamiya 4×5, studied Ansel Adam’s black and white Zone System and visited Paris. In his late teens, Brown moved to Canada, where his work was soon exhibited and published in numerous publications. At 20, he photographed ballet for a two years, then switched to art direction and design with a position at Citytv/MuchMusic.
Magazines followed soon after and his photography took a back seat. He purchased his first digital full-frame 35mm camera in 2008; all the work on this site hugofoto.co has been created since then. “Design and photography are always fighting for the top spot, but it is this vital friction that keeps things interesting.”
In 2012 and 2013 he mounted two exhibits during Contact16 & Contact17: 11 large San Fransisco-Sonoma ‘SKYSCAPES’ made with an iPhone 3 and the year following, 33 large portraits made with the DSLR.
In 2014 he was featured on NEW YORK’s PDN ‘Photo of the Day’. He was also recognized by Coupe Magazine’s ‘International Awards Issue No.25’ for the poster of The Hundred Dollar Portrait.
ThExtraOrdinaryPortrait commenced June 2019.