RANDY Brown is a Colorado-based documentary photographer and photojournalist working on projects that address socio/cultural issues. His 35-year photography career has offered opportunities to work with diverse clients, primarily through editorial and academic platforms. Examples include two Indonesia-based projects, Sumatra, and Borneo, with the University of Denver Department of Anthropology.  Additionally, he was part of a project in concert with organizations working with veterans with PTSD and addiction issues manifested through rafting trips in the Colorado River and Cataract Canyon. 

Brown serves as a professor of photography at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design in Denver, where in his teaching practice he is focused on student success through robust interactions with the students, to embrace and respect diverse populations, to prepare students for professional practice upon graduation.

About the project

Randy Brown gives voice to the families and individuals who are addressing the exportation of scarce water resources in the midst of a multi-year drought and its existential threat to the culture of the San Luis Valley in South Central Colorado.

The images are pointed in the narrative of the complexities, history, spirituality, ruggedness, and dedication to preserving an important way of life for all residents of the San Luis Valley. 

Photographic coverage and writings in this project include those who are on the front lines of preserving water resources, families and individuals who are ranchers and farmers, as well as those whose lives are impacted by the agriculture industry. See more of his work at www.randybrownphotographer.com