Photographer, director and artist Bil Brown pushes the boundaries of visual storytelling into the realm of photography and cinematography as concrete poetry infused with history. Trained as a poet by the Beat founder Allen Ginsberg, in film by experimental icon Stan Breakage, and performance by Meredith Monk, Judith Malina and others of another time and another sense of art-as-activism, Bil's work translates to as a timeless exploration of otherness that is seen rarely in today's commercially mundane "liked" culture. As founder of the short-lived powerful Black & Grey magazine, he explored a transgressive history, with an attention to 21st century concerns. Working in both still and cinematic work, Bil explores themes of protest, wealth, strength and weakness in contemporary culture using traditionally commercial forms as a platform for advanced ideas. As an artist, Bil has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Arts International, and the Rockefeller Center organized festivals and workshops, founded a school and launched countless publications, pop-up galleries, performance series and more. Awards include the AIGA Top 100 for creative direction, the Advertising Federation of America GOLD Award. Bil is a regular contributor to Purple Fashion Magazine, FLAUNT Magazine, AUTRE Magazine, BLOK, LFI, S magazine, and others.
Bil makes his home in Los Angeles.