Brian Brown is an architectural and documentary photographer, historian, and author from Fitzgerald, Georgia.

Milton N. Hopkins, Jr., author of In One Place: The Natural History of a Georgia Farmer, was one of the first people, besides his parents,  to encourage his writing. At 16 he began publishing observations on the birdlife of southern Georgia in The Oriole, the state ornithological journal and did a piece about roadside wildflowers for the state botanical magazine, Tipularia. While working on his high school newspaper, he interviewed Erskine Caldwell, legendary Georgia author of Tobacco Road and God’s Little Acre. At Young Harris College, in 1989, he received the Danforth Bearse Memorial Poetry Prize for work in the Corn Creek Review.

He earned a BA Degree in History from Georgia College (Now Georgia College & State University) in 1992, after earlier studies at Young Harris College and Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

He has published primarily on Georgia history, with a concentration on the flight of the Confederate executive branch in 1865. He spent three years with the Department of Natural Resources at Irwinville, Georgia, site of Jefferson Davis’ capture by Union troops. He was instrumental in modernizing and documenting primary sources during the state’s reacquisition of the property from Irwin County. Research at that time led to publication in The Civil War in Georgia: A New Georgia Encyclopedia Companion (UGA Press); The Civil War Trust’s Official Guide to the Civil War Discovery Trail (Frommer’s); Georgia Journal; Georgia Backroads; and Tifton Magazine, as well as an appearance on the ever-popular GPTV feature Georgia’s Backroads.

In 2008 he was a recipient of the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Prize, one of the largest independent literary prizes in the United States.

His poems appear in over 50 journals and anthologies: Birmingham Arts Journal; Blue Collar ReviewBreadcrumb ScabsCaveat Lector; Chiron Review; Clapboard House; Connecticut River Review; Dead Mule School of Southern Literature; Delmarva Review; Homestead Review; Inkwell; Keyhole; Louisiana Review; Powhatan Review; Red Hills Reader; Roanoke Review; Santa Clara Review; Snake Nation Review; Southern Poetry Anthology: Georgia (Texas Review Press, 2012, Will Wright, Editor); Town Creek Poetry; and The Wiregrass Reader, among numerous others.

Presently, his focus has shifted more to documenting, through photography, the endangered vernacular architecture and culture of South Georgia for his websites Vanishing South Georgia, Vanishing Coastal Georgia, Georgia in the Great Depression, and Irwinville Farms.

He serves on the board of the Blue & Gray Museum in Fitzgerald.

Curricula Vitae, Photography

Publications, Press, Interviews

Shrimp, Collards & Grits Magazine, “Vanishing Coastal Georgia”, Beaufort, South Carolina, March 2017
Cabbagetown, Album Cover, Delta Moon, Atlanta, Georgia, 2017
Georgia Travel Guide, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Atlanta, Georgia, 2017
Savannah Magazine, “Blaze a Trail”, January 2017
Polk County Joint Comprehensive Plan, 2017-2017, Cover, Northwest Georgia Regional Commission, Dalton, Georgia, November 2016
Panorama, Georgia Conservancy, “Advocating for Georgia’s Land and Water” Summer 2016
WALB News10, Albany, Georgia, “Historic Sycamore house fire is arson”, 10 May 2016
WALB News10, Albany, Georgia, “Vanishing Bronwood”, Melissa Hodges,13 April 2016
A History of Honey in Georgia and the Carolinas, April Aldrich. American Palate/History Press, Charleston, South Carolina, April 2016
My Father’s House, Cover, Rose Chandler Johnson, Martinez, Georgia, March 2016
Playbill, Cover, Eugene O’Neill’s ‘A Moon for the Misbegotten’, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2016
Georgia Travel Guide, Georgia Department of Economic Development, Atlanta, Georgia, 2016.
Raised in the South of Normal, Documentary Film, Espeute Productions, Lawrenceville, Georgia, June 2015
Varieties of Southern Religious History: Essays in Honor of Donald G. Mathews, Cover, Sullivan & Hampton, Eds., University of South Carolina Press, Columbia, South Carolina, April 2015
Lanford Wilson’s ‘The Rimers of Eldritch’, Ruth Caplin Theatre, Charlottesville, Virginia, November 2014
From Myra to Laura, Cover, Shirley Proctor Twiss, Greenville, South Carolina, August 2014
Being Dead in South Carolina, Cover, Jacob White, Leapfrog Press, Fredonia, New York, November 2013
Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids, Vol. 5, Dublin, New Hampshire, September 2013
GPB News, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta, Georgia, “South Georgia’s Personal Photographer” Radio Interview with Jeanne Bonner, 23 May 2013
Garden & Gun Daily Shot, “Focusing on the Forgotten”, 21 March 2013
Grit; and Capper’s “Look to the Trees for Hard-Shell Delicacies”, November-December 2012
Georgia Focus, Georgia News Network “An Interview with Brian Brown”, Radio Interview with John Clark, October 2012
Look Ahead, Look Back, The Snipesville Chronicles: Volume 3, Cover, Annette Laing, Confusion Press, Statesboro, Georgia, August 2012
The Rambler, Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, “Georgia’s Hidden Gems”, Summer 2012
Savannah Morning News, Front page top fold. “Pollution colors view of Altamaha, Ogeechee rivers”, 23 June 2012
Golden Isles Magazine, “Vanishing Coastal Georgia”, May-June 2012
Coastal Courier, Hinesville, Georgia, “Photographer bringing past back to life”, 9 April 2012
Tattnall Journal, Reidsville, Georgia, “Preserving the Essence of South Georgia”, 15 March 2012
Doorway Unto Darkness, Cover, Owen Keehnen. Dancing Moon Press, Newport, Oregon, March 2012
Georgia College Alumni News & Events,“Preserving forgotten rural communities”, 28 February 2012
Flycatcher, “Big Hammock of the Altamaha: A Photo Essay by Brian Brown”, January 2012
US17 Coastal Highway, “An Interview with Photographer & Historian Brian Brown”, September 2011
Subliminal Interiors “4 Photographs”, August 2011
Red Booth Review, “Two Photos”, August 2011
Red Line Blues, No. 8, Home Economics, Asheville, North Carolina, Spring 2011
Bainbridge Post-Searchlight, “A Regional Transportation Tax?”, 11 March 2011
Daily Yonder, “Tar Paper Shacks and Brokedown Palaces”, 4 March 2011
Clementine, Issue 4, Photo Essay, September 2010
The Cailiffs of Baghdad, Georgia, Cover, Mary Helen Stefaniak. W. W. Norton & Company, New York, New York, September 2010
GPB News, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Atlanta, Georgia, Lazy Little US 301 Towns Boomed Before I-95, Orlando Montoya, 20 August 2010
Tulane Review, “Uprooted”, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2010
Ottawa Citizen, “Gould’s Cemetery, Harris Neck”, Ottawa Ontario, Canada, 10 July 2010
Downtown L. A. Life, “A Southern Sojourn”, Los Angeles, California, May 2010
Like the Dew: A Journal of Southern Culture & Politics, “Our Vanishing Tenant Homes-Part 1, Tom Poland, 1 December 2009
Twelve Mile Circle, “Vanishing South Georgia”, 20 December 2008

Non-Profit & Government
Wild Oyster Project, San Francisco, California, 2017
Blue & Gray Museum, Fitzgerald, Georgia, Spring 2016
Georgia Conservancy, 2016
Center for a Better South, Charleston, South Carolina, July 2013-present
Georgia Preservation Conference, April 2013
Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, Summer 2012
Altamaha Riverkeeper, Darien, Georgia. (Aerial Photography of the Altamaha River), June 2012
Bryan County Board of Commissioners, Pembroke, Georgia, August 2011
Chapman Cultural Center, Spartanburg, South Carolina
University System of Georgia, GeorgiaInfo: An Online Georgia Almanac, 2010-present

Boddam Hockey & Lacrosse Equipment, Alton, Ontario, Canada
Cheapflights UK
Delta Moon, Atlanta, Georgia, 2017
CloverLeaf Group, Athens, Georgia, 2016
Walnut Street Theatre, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, January 2016
Espeute Productions, Lawrenceville, Georgia, June 2015
University of Virginia Department of Drama, November 2014
Perry United Methodist Church, Perry, Georgia, January 2014
State Bank of Cochran, 2013
Savannah Villas, Savannah, Georgia, June 2013
Fox Theatre Institute, Atlanta, Georgia. Fall 2012, Spring 2013
Layton Contstruction, Brentwood, Tennessee, January 2013
Ogden Publications, December 2012
Eleanor Henderson, Ithaca, New York, September 2012
Georgia Music Foundation, Atlanta, Georgia, October 2012
Dickinson State University, Dickinson, North Dakota, Fall 2012
The Development Authority of Talbot County, Georgia, July 2012
Mark Neill, Soil of the South Studios, Valdosta, Georgia, June 2012
truTv, Atlanta, Georgia, February 2012
Fellowship Memphis, Memphis, Tennessee, November-December 2011
W. W. Norton, New York, New York, September 2010
Postmedia Network, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, 10 July 2010

Exhibitions, Presentations, Judging
Southern Icons: A-Z, Slow Exposures: Celebrating Photography of the Rural South, Molena, Georgia, 2016
Atlanta Celebrates Photography, Judge, Arts Clayton Gallery, Jonesboro, Georgia, 1 October 2013
New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music (Smithsonian Institution), Colquitt County Arts Center, Moultrie, Georgia, October-December 2012
Picturing Our History – With Mike McCall & Troup Nightingale (Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Association), Ritz Theatre, Brunswick, Georgia, November-December 2012
Our Park Through Your Eyes, Jimmy Carter National Historic Site, Founder’s Day Exhibit, Plains, Georgia, 25 August 2012
Thomasville Landmarks, Thomasville Center for the Arts Library Gallery, January-March 2012

Vanishing South Georgia: A Presentation by Photographer Brian Brown, South Georgia State College, Douglas, Georgia, 8 November 2011
Private Collection, Acworth, Georgia
Private Collection, Altamaha, Georgia
Private Collection, Atlanta, Georgia
Private Collection, Bala Cynwyd, Pennsylvania
Private Collection, Brooklyn, New York
Private Collection, Burbank, California
Private Collection, Charleston, South Carolina
Private Collection, Columbia, Alabama
Private Collection, Decatur, Georgia
Private Collection, Fitzgerald, Georgia
Private Collection, Henderson, North Carolina
Private Collection, Highlands, North Carolina
Private Collection, Long Beach, California
Private Collection, Macon, Georgia
Private Collection, Milledgeville, Georgia
Private Collection, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Private Collection, Ithaca, New York
Private Collection, Round Rock, Texas
Private Collection, Saint George, Pennsylvania
Private Collection, Savannah, Georgia
Private Collection, Skidaway Island, Georgia
Private Collection, Tallahassee, Florida
Private Collection, Thomasville, Georgia
Private Collection, Tifton, Georgia
Department of Marine Sciences, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

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13 responses to “Bio

  1. Jimmy stone

    Brian, just found your picture of our 1845 plantation plain farmhouse in cadley ga. If you are interested in interior or outbuilding shots please advise. We have began restoration and clearing overgrowth. Thanks for your efforts. Phone 6784312707

    • Jimmy, thanks for getting in touch! I love that house and would love to see more of it when I’m up that way again. It may be later in the summer but I will try to call you. Is it called the Stone Farmhouse? I’d like to give it a name with the date.

  2. cherrymice

    Hey Brian! I just moved to Washington-Wilkes from Inman Park in Atlanta, and lots of people have been sharing your photos of W-W with me on Facebook. We have 2 mutual friends – Andrew Wood and Lori Paulk Nipp. We are buying Cherry Cottage (circa 1820) in W-W and restoring it. Thank you for your dedication and sharing your talent.

    • Nice to hear from you! And glad you’ll be in Washington-Wilkes. It’s such a beautiful place and I’m sure it will be a welcome respite from life in the big city. Thanks for your encouraging words!

  3. Tommy Brown

    Brian, what are your Brown links to Georgia? Doing some research of a GGG Uncle that lived in Bowman and ran across your pictures of Bowman and was curious to see.

  4. Kay McGiboney

    Gilmore’s on Deepstep Rd. in Baldwin County was actually an old general store. The owner cut fresh meat in the back. Even had the old glass candy cases. It was a great place. There was also a general store down at O’Quinn’s Mill, but the structure burned a few years back.

    Kay Blizzard McGiboney
    Deepstep Rd.

  5. M


    I am currently a student at GCSU and I just wanted to say that I’m so excited that one of my favorite photographers is an alumnus of my school. Your photographs have touched me deeply and have been a huge inspiration for me.
    The back roads of Georgia and the history of the more rural parts are one of my comforts. Whenever I am feeling super down, I like to drive through the forgotten parts of Georgia and look at the old houses. Your photography is amazing to look at when I can’t drive around for whatever reason or for seeing things I would not otherwise get to see.
    I just wanted to thank you for the impact your work has had on me.


  6. Brian, your extensive works are awesome. There are so many Georgia sites with so much history that you have brought to us all. Thank you.
    Don Clarke


    thank you Brian for your wonderful work – as a former photographer and photo teacher I am now retired due to MS and sadly no longer able to get out and make pictures, As a life-long GA resident and lover of so many places there your photos made my day yesterday as I spent hours scrolling through many images. Up until 1996 I spent many hours with my classes seeking out spots in GA to capture before the mega growth hit north GA. We specfically chased images of the few remaining covered bridges around the state and seeing your Watson Mill pictures brought back many memories. Of course we shot with the now ancient SLR cameras and to this day I have a huge collection of old 35mm Kodachrome slides – just can’t seem to let them go and too lazy to change them over to digital. I am now retired in NE Alabama – only seven miles from beautiful Menlo, Ga. Your Summerville GA pix were wonderful but you really should check out NW Ga when time permits. There is actually a Baptist church there which still baptizes in a local creek. I live here because time seems to have stopped here and it reminds of my of my life as a child in Clarkston GA. Thanks for giving me a great Sunday afternoon. I look forward to checking out your future works. Sidenote – Armstrongs BarBQ in Summerville is now closed and I so agree about their sauce – I still have one bottle tucked away in my fridge.

    • Shirley- Thank you so much for your kind words. They mean even more to me knowing that you are a photographer and former photography teacher. Hope you can digitize your photos some day, but I understand the challenge that presents. I will be back in Chatooga County sometime. It’s a favorite corner of Georgia. And yes, I miss Armstrong’s BarBQ! Lucky you for still having a bottle of that wonderful sauce.

  8. Martha stone

    Brian, Martha stone from warren county ga. Would love to show you our redo of our 1845 house that you fearured in vanishing America. Love your photos and efforts

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