Born in Sheffield, UK, Brown spent most of his childhood in the Middle East and Africa before his family finally settled in Perth, Australia. His documentary photography has garnered him international recognition and distinctions including the Kodak Australia Photographer of the Year Award. His images are featured in collections such as the World Press Photo Foundation, Ldymar Gallery, Stockholm, Sweden; Holmes à Court Collection; and The Photographic Gallery of Western Australia Collection.
"From the pristine jungles of Cambodia to the great national parks of India and Nepal, Asian wildlife is being plundered and trafficked on an unprecedented scale. Booming markets created by globalisation and the ease of smuggling have boosted this trade to new and uncontrollable levels. It is estimated that wildlife traders export 25,000–30,000 primates every year, along with 2 to 5 million birds, 10 million reptile skins and more than 500 million tropical fish. Today the scale of animal trafficking is so significant that it may have irrevocable consequences for life on our planet, because more and more species stand on the verge of extinction. The disappearance of key predators such as tigers disrupts the food chain, which in turn affects the general balance of the ecosystem. Attempts to halt the animal trade have so far been too little too late. One of the problems is the arrest of the major traders but due to official corruption and inertia they continue to operate unhindered. The problem seems insurmountable. But one way of curbing this rampant killing is to educate future generations about its impact on the global environment. We must challenge antiquated and false beliefs about the potency of animal parts and so decrease demand for them." PATRICK BROWN
Patrick Brown. Black Market, 2003.