Shawne Brown was born in Kingsport, TN and studied photography at East Tennessee State University. As a student, he was invited by the Nashville Cultural Arts Project 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 maintained a studio at Neuhoff while resuming his studies, photographing his family home in East Tennessee, and making intermittent trips to the geodetic center of the continent in central Kansas.
He continued this project after earning his MFA in 2008 and settling back in Nashville the following year. This longterm project came to a conclusion as Brown began to photograph the Shiloh battlefield on the anniversary of the battle during the Sesquicentennial of the Civil War (2011-2015).
Brown continued making trips to Shiloh every year during the twenty-teens and is currently editing this work into book form. His work has been featured by the Oxford American, Ain’t-Bad, and Fotofilmic. He lives in Nashville with his wife and sons.
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