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Meet Danny Brown

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danny Brown.

So, before we jump into specific questions, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
The passion really started in high school for me. I lived in Dallas, TX at the time and joined my high school newspaper as a photographer and realized very quickly this was my new love. I decided I wanted to be a photojournalist. There was something very intriguing about the photos that I saw in relation to photojournalism. The Iraq war, the images of Gordon Parks, Don McCullin and Robert Doisneau and various local photographers from the more eccentric galleries of the Dallas area were all very influential. When I started college, I decided to shoot a documentary on homeless kids in the Austin area. I believe that was the turning point for me that shifted my desire for photography into a desire for cinematography. Even though I’ve been working in the film industry for eight years, my passion for still photography has not left me. I still shoot both digital and film images, but my most favorite photography as of late has been my double exposure polaroid portraits. I use a Polaroid 600SE and the sadly discontinued Fujifilm FP100C pack film. My subjects are usually the ones behind the camera, the ones we don’t see as often, but still deserve a little spotlight.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
There are always struggles along the way. I get asked by new transplants of LA, “how do I get started?” They’re usually asking about how to get into the industry, but the answer is always the same “there is no one path, everyone has to find their way.” I think these portraits have actually served as a nice meditative moment for me at times. While on set, there’s a number of things that are going on and your job can be quite stressful, but if I have a minute to get away and take someone’s portrait, then that’s my time to do what I want and there’s no pressure to please anyone.

We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I just finished shooting a low budget movie called “420.” Yes, it’s a stoner comedy. It was quite a challenge, we shot it in 8 days which is a very tight schedule for a movie, but I was incredibly pleased with the way it turned out. As a cinematographer, I’m always proud of the crew that supports me. Everyone says this, but I seriously could not have done it without them. They are storytellers in whatever craft they are working in and it’s incredibly humbling to see them work so hard in order for me to look good. I’m big on family, I believe that your crew is your second family and you have to be tight with them.

Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
I was born in Austria and when the Berlin wall came down my parents took us to go see it. There’s a great photo of me crawling through one of the holes in the wall.

Contact Info:

  • Website:
  • Phone: 2142328752
  • Email:
  • Instagram: dannyisok

Image Credit:

Lacey Terrell, Koko Lee, Jake Schultz, Danny Brown, Glenda Brown, Patrick Cady, ASC, Veronica Bouza, Charles Brown

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