Interview with Artist in Residence, Rachel Brown

The final workshop with our Artist in Residence, Rachel Brown, was offered today (October 25, 2017). We so enjoyed having her teach at the Centre! If you missed being able to take a workshop with her, take the time to read our interview with her below!

Rachel Louise Brown makes responsive work based on interactions with the unfamiliar. She observes the world as a stage, exploring alone and occasionally populating the images with willing strangers. Through these interactions, Brown endeavors to question the construction of society and to give a platform for the people and places that come before her lens. Rachel Louise Brown graduated from the Royal College Of Art in 2011 (MA photography), following a critical certificate in photography in 2009 (School Of Visual Arts, NYC) And BA (Hons) Photography (London College Of Communication) in 2008. Brown has exhibited and completed artist residencies internationally and is currently working on a solo show at the Palm Beach Photographic Centre, opening in 2018.

Alongside her practice, Brown is photography director of Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country (UK editions) and regularly mentors students at UAL. She has previously worked for Steven Klein (production), British Vogue (freelance picture editor) and British photographer, Tim Walker (studio manager)

Q: What motivates you as a photographer?
RB: Creating a body of work that makes people see and think about the world differently.

Q: What do you enjoy most about teaching photography?
RB: Seeing my students grasp the basics, put them into practice and watch them start to realize their own visual voice.

Q: How did you get started in photography
RB: My high school was one of two in the country that offered photography as a GCSE. I was creatively minded but no good at drawing so I took photography and fell in love.

Q: What is the one thing you wish you knew when you started taking photos
RB: That digital was going to come along.

Q: What’s your favorite part of the photographic process
RB: Searching for a subject

Q: What have you enjoyed the most about your residency so far?
RB: I have loved teaching at the Centre and meeting a new batch of students each time. Everyone different, with different interests but infectious enthusiasm and an inspiring willingness to learn. In terms of my own work here, I have enjoyed the evolution of the concept of the work, all the people and places that have let me into their world. I cannot wait to show it as a final exhibition.

Photographs by Rachel Brown