Shawne Brown was born and raised in Kingsport, TN. He studied photography at East Tennessee State University with Mike Smith, working with him on assignments for the New York Times Magazine, Harper’s, and the Washington Post. As a student he was selected for various exhibitions and specifically highlighted by jurors such as William Christenberry and Larry Fink. In 2002 Brown was invited by the Nashville Cultural Arts Project (NCAP) to photograph on site at the former Neuhoff meatpacking plant, an abandoned slaughterhouse on the banks of the Cumberland River. He moved onto the site and worked for a year, exhibiting the project in 2003. Afterwards Brown resumed his studies in order to focus on photographing near his home in East Tennessee. He also began to make intermittent trips to the geodetic center of the continent in central Kansas. He earned his MFA in 2008 while photographing predominantly in these two places. The resulting partner projects from this period are Sensabaugh Hollow (TN) and Solomon Valley (KS). The majority of his current work is focused on an interconnected series of projects in middle and east Tennessee, primarily along the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. This includes a recently completed project on the Shiloh battlefield during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War and a long-term project on Nashville in development. Brown’s work has been featured on the Oxford American’s Eyes on the South series and at the 9/50 Southeast Arts Presenters Summit with Aint-Bad Magazine. He was one of the top ten best in show in FotoFilmic’14, an international competition and traveling exhibition in Vancouver, Los Angeles and New York. He lives with his wife and sons in Nashville.