Travis Brown
2016 Annual Juried Competition
First Place Winner

Statement:
An excerpt from Brown’s book Cashin’ Out:
My grandparents always told me how they would stop by Memphis on their way to the casinos in Tunica. Of course you always hear about Elvis, the blues and all of that, but it never amounted to anything for me until I was an adult. I once saw James Brown perform “Sex Machine” just months before he died. That performance alone defined what funk was to me. After returning home, I started seeing things differently. Maybe dad was right when he said the big city life changes people.

Bio:
Travis Brown was born in Nashville, Tennessee in 1984. He went to East Tennessee State University where he was awarded a BFA in 2009 upon the completion and exhibition of his first major body of work; After Hours. In 2010 he moved to New York City to attend the School of Visual Arts where he received an MFA in Photography, Video and Related Media in 2012. Since receiving his MFA, he has been working in West Tennessee on his body of work titled, Cashin’ Out. In 2015, Aint-Bad Magazine published images from Cashin’ Out for the edition titled From Here On. In 2014 Travis exhibited in Atlanta in both the Morris Museum and the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. Travis lives and works in New York City.

Artist’s website: www.travisbrownphotography.com