Rachel Louise Brown is a photographer, photo director & lecturer. Having graduated from the Royal College of Art with a MA in Photography, following a year-long critical certificate in photography at the School of Visual Arts (NYC), Brown runs her photographic practice alongside her role as Photo Director of Harpers Bazaar UK.

Observing the world as a stage, Brown’s practice starts to question construction of imagery around the themes of fear, gender, class and escapism. She is fascinated by the way in which myth and expectation are woven into image making, pulling on references from mystery & film noire and creating work to further bring this into our reality. Each scene has an eerie sense of familiarity, but through her heightened visual approach, we as viewers are pulled by this and are left with the understanding that not everything is quite as it seems. In her most recent project, Simulations, a four-year collaboration with Palm Beach Photographic Centre in Florida, Brown constructed a series of work exploring the strange tension between reality & fantasy in the American hotspot known for its ‘Imagination Stations’. Through various casting calls Brown both created fictional characters and observed people who train to become a performance themselves within these often surreal scenes.

Having travelled for residencies across Europe and the United States, Brown’s work continues to be recognised with her most recent exhibition of Simulations at Somerset House as part of Photo London fair, and awards including Magenta Flash Forward, the PDN emerging artist & Fujifilm distinction awards.


Click here for a bespoke presentation from Rachel Louise Brown's archive.

Rachel Louise Brown