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Spencer Aldworth Brown

Got his first camera at age 6 (this was that day) and has been working in the field his entire adult life. He lives on the beach in San Francisco with his wife.


Spencer Aldworth Brown has competed thousands of assignments for publication. He specializes in the location portrait and is equally confortable working with professional talent and private individuals. He got his start working photo labs where he printed and developed film for Jim Marshall, Art Wolfe, Mona Kuhn, and Galen Rowell among others. He was the staff photographer at the San Francisco Business Times from 2004 - 2015. In 2019 he was recognized as one of the best fashion photographers in the San Francisco for his freelance work with the Nob Hill Gazette.  

His fine art photography has garnered critical acclaim with many curated shows around the Bay Area. In 2015 he floated the entire coastline of San Francisco in a wetsuit with a waterproof film camera for his High Water Line series, and is currently shooting in the same style around Manhattan. In 2016 he completed Sunset, SF; stylized scenes void of people, trees and cars in San Francisco's largest neighborhood. Large format prints from the were hung at SFO.  In 2018 he completed Fly Over Country, a multi-year project photographing the Midwest from 36,000' and then the same locations from the ground. Fine art prints of most images can be ordered via email and larger framed works are available for rent or purchase through Curated State.

He teaches a seasonal portrait class at the Harvey Milk Photo Center, the largest and oldest public darkroom in the United States, and is an active member and volunteer at ArtSpan, the Bay Area's premier arts organization. He balances his time between assignments and very long hikes in the Sierra Nevada. 

Work published in (partial):

Time Magazine, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Inc Magazine, Business Week, San Francisco Business Times, Nob Hill Gazette, Fast Company, Discovery Channel, Canadian Geographic, PBS NewsHour, Surfer's Journal, Esquire, Newsweek, Forbes, Women's Wear Daily, AdWeek, San Francisco Chronicle, Seattle Times and Rolling Stone

Client list includes:

Intuit, Saks Fifth Avenue, McCann-Erickson, Women’s Wear Daily, Cathay Pacific Airlines, Teach for America, Environment Canada, University of California San Francisco, Esurance, United States Navy, Oakland Police, Safeco Insurance, Google, Fairmont Hotel, W Hotel, Koret Foundation, American Giant Clothing, AQ Restaurant, JP Morgan Chase, Amgen, Rocket Lawyer, Funding Circle, Del Monte Foods, 1185 Design, Kaiser Permanente, Kovarus, KPMG, Littelfuse, Pereira O'Dell, Third Rock Ventures, Veracyte, Vino Volo, and Sotheby’s.


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