Ian Brown is an award winning photographer who's work focuses on the human condition. His portraits have been acclaimed for their simple depth of emotion and honesty. His projects often revolve around the intersection of social and cultural divides.

Brown grew up dividing his time between the urban landscape and spending formidable time in the highlands of Northern Ontario. This aesthetic informed his appreciation for a sense of culture, place and landscape.

He survived cancer at the age of 19, a heart attack at age 32 and being shot at in the middle of a civil war in Colombia while on assignment for Doctors Without Borders (MSF).

Other notable photography projects include documenting HIV survivors for Dignitas International in Malawi, a long-term documentary series on a small Ohio town struggling with the Opioid epidemic and a forthcoming book on the urban anthropology of Detroit.

He began photographing for the project "American Dreams" in 2006 using film and analogue materials - travelling in an old truck with his dog.  He's logged over 80,000 miles driving throughout America and has had the privilege of being invited onto front porches and into people's homes across the country for this project.

He is based in Canada. For more of his work visit or follow along on Instagram


Ian's work has been exhibited and published internationally. For a full artist CV or to learn more about additional projects, commissions or media related inquires please use the form on the contact page. 

All images Copyright American Dreams Project and Ian Brown 2020
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