Just last week Patrick Brown was followed by a team from VICE into China, where he was documenting the illegal animal trade.
What seems like an unlikely marriage between a magazine that thrives on counter-culture, and a raunchy sense of humor, and a photojournalist, who is very serious about exposing the illegal wildlife trade in Asia – a topic to which he has dedicated 10 years of his life-, might well be a very effective way to get the message out far and loud beyond the photo crowd and animal rights activists.
Vice launched Picture Perfect last year – a video series dedicated to documenting the work and lives of their favorite photojournalists. Each month, they go behind the scenes to explore the artistic process of creating visual stories. They aim to show the successes and challenges these photographers are facing while covering to all corners of the Earth.
In their upcoming episode they will air their visit to Patrick Brown in Bangkok where they talked about the craft of photography and his forthcoming book, Trading to Extinction, for which he is currently raising funds on Emphas.is. Footage will also show Brown in Guangzhou, China, where he was photographing restaurants that buy and serve exotic animals. His China trip wrapped up his decade-long project on the animal trade.
Vice will air its documentary on “their favorite photographer hard at work” on April 4th. Be sure not to miss it.