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December 20, 2018


Using equipment that consists of a medium format camera and an 8x10 large-format wooden camera, photographer Joel Brown’s black and white photographs offer a unique perspective of his subjects that bring out the hidden details, textures and shapes that often go unnoticed with color photography. An exhibit of his work is on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space from December 13, 2018 – January 16, 2019.

Channon #2, 2017
Channon #2, 2017
Brian with Skateboard, 2018
Brian with Skateboard, 2018
More images can be seen here

“Mr. Brown’s photography style brings a sense of nostalgia and timeless quality to his black and white photographs that visitors and residents are sure to enjoy,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do. “Take a moment to enjoy his artistic photographs as you travel through John Wayne Airport.”

For nearly 40 years, Brown has been capturing images in the tradition of West Coast photographers who were active in the first half of the 20th Century and is inspired by the work of photo pioneers Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham. He processes and prints his own film in “wet darkroom” tradition without the use of computer or digital manipulation.

Brown’s photography has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Men’s File magazine and in numerous exhibitions including the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, Center of Fine Art Photography and Photographers’ Exchange Group, to name a few. He has won many awards for his work as well as inclusion in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.

Brown’s photography exhibit may be viewed on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4. To learn more about Joel Brown’s work, visit his website at

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program includes painter Dennis Carrie (January 16 – February 14) and photographer Beverly Factor (February 15 – March 29).

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit


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