About Nacio Jan Brown

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Nacio Jan Brown, Photographer

For a period of ten years, beginning in the mid-1960s, Nacio Jan Brown photographed virtually all of the major anti-war and social protest movement activities in the San Francisco Bay Area. His photographs were published widely in the “underground” press of the times. In addition his work has appeared in many books, magazines, and newspapers worldwide, including art historian Peter Selz’s recent book, The Art of Engagement: Visual Politics California and Beyond. His photographs have also been exhibited in a number of museums and galleries, including the M.H. de Young Museum in San Francisco, The Fine Arts Gallery of San Diego, Focus Gallery in San Francisco, the Ansel Adams Friends of Photography Gallery in San Francisco, the University Art Museum in Berkeley, at the Berkeley Art Center as part of their exhibit The Whole World’s Watching, and most recently in a solo exhibit at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism’s Center for Photography.

In 1969 he undertook a four-years-on-one-block street photography project which resulted in the publication of a book, Rag Theater. The hardbound limited edition of this book was selected by the American Institute of Graphic Arts for its 1976 “Fifty Books” exhibition.

Nacio Jan Brown’s work is in the collections of The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City, The International Museum of Photography at George Eastman House, and the Library of Congress as well as the collections of numerous private collectors.

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