Exactly a year ago, Memphian Mike Brown booked a spur-of-the-moment flight halfway around the world. After layovers in San Francisco, Hanoi, and Bangkok, he disembarked in Siem Riep, Cambodia, with his Nikon digital and film cameras in hand. Almost immediately, Brown plunged into an alternate universe, one filled with ancient history and marred by the aftereffects of civil war and genocide at the hands of the Khmer Rouge. Brown, a freelance photographer who regularly works for The Commercial Appeal, Getty Images, and the European Pressphoto Agency, eventually focused his lens on beggar Jen Kina, one of 35,000-plus Cambodian amputees who are victims of landmines left over from the Vietnam conflict and Cambodia's own civil war. Brown's images are arresting, poetic, and often painful to look at. This Friday at Jack Robinson Gallery, they'll go on display at a benefit Brown organized for the Ankor Association for the Disabled, located in Siem Riep. Slated to perform: local dancers from the Cambodian Buddhist Youth Group, along with musicians Dave Shouse and Steve Selvidge.
"Life After Landmines: Photographs by Mike Brown," 6-9 p.m. Friday, February 24th, Jack Robinson Gallery. all proceeds from photo sales will be donated to the Ankor Association for the Disabled.