Photographer Patrick Brown, as stated in his bio on World Photo, was born in Sheffield, England, although he spent his childhood moving to the Middle East and Africa before his family finally settled in Perth, Australia.
On leaving school, Brown taught himself photography while working as a set builder for theatre and ballet. However, he found himself increasingly drawn into documentary photography and decided to return to Africa, where he spent six weeks in Malawi documenting the work of an Australian surgeon who had once saved his own life.
Returning home, his photos soon became a major exhibition, raising thousands of dollars for charity and winning the Australian Kodak Photographer of the Year award.
Inspired by this success Patrick left for Asia in 1999. He has since made Thailand his base, devoting himself to documenting critical issues across the Asia region. His major project on the illegal trade in endangered animals won a World Press Photo award in 2004 and a multimedia award from POYi in 2008.
In this short film Patrick Brown talks about his book, Trading to Extinction, which documents the illegal trade of endangered animals in Asia.
To fully understand the documentary, you can activate the YouTube CC subtitles on the lower side of the screen.