About Me

Brian Palmer

I'm a visual journalist based in Richmond, Virginia. During my 30-year career I have photographed conflict, politics, activism, daily life, and more around the world  and in my own backyard. My strength is capturing life candidly, clearly, and creatively.

I strive to tell stories in pictures about people and situations that might not otherwise be told, with integrity, professionalism, independence, passion, and compassion.

My photos have appeared in the New York Times, Buzzfeed, Narrative.ly, Pixel Press, and other media outlets. I photograph for nonprofit clients, including the League of American Bicyclists, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Academy of American Poets, Museum of the Moving Image, and  Race Forward. 

My documentary, Full Disclosure, which appeared in 2011 on The Documentary Channel, along with several magazine articles and photo exhibitions, grew out of three media embeds in Iraq with U.S. Marines.

Before going freelance in 2002, I was a CNN correspondent. Prior to that, I was Beijing bureau chief for US News & World Report, during which time I photographed for many of my articles.

Currently, I'm currently working on Make the Ground Talk with my wife, Erin Hollaway Palmer, a documentary that evokes life in a historic black community that was uprooted during World War II to build a naval base, now a top-secret U.S. military installation. Another project, photography of Virginia's neglected African American cemeteries, grew out of the documentary.

I love what I do.

Please contact me to discuss assignments, licensing, print purchases, and lectures.

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Photo by Erin Hollaway Palmer

Photo by Erin Hollaway Palmer