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Photojournalist Patrick Brown On a Decade of Documenting Illegal Wildlife Trade

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In 2007, we followed photojournalist Patrick Brown into the vast, dangerous world of Asia’s wild animal market in Black Market. At the time some 30,000 primates, up to five million birds, and ten million reptile skins were a part of the third-largest smuggling operation in the world. Seven years later, illegal wildlife trading is still a global issue, raking in $19 billion a year from the trafficking of endangered animals.

This month David Cameron will host the highest level global summit to date on combating the illegal wildlife trade in London. Heads of state will discuss quelling wildlife poaching, highlighting the strong links between the illegal industry and international criminal syndicates, terrorism and threats to national security.

Few are familiar with just how high the stakes are as Patrick Brown. He has photographed the illegal trade of endangered animals in Asia for more than a decade, covering its dealers, stockpiles, trafficking routes and markets. The culmination of his work, Trading to Extinction, is fittingly timed with the issue taking the world stage.

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Colin Finlay interview on liveBooks

liveBooks has an interesting series of interviews called Photographers in Focus on their site. The photographers chosen span a wide range of photography- from fashion to cars to journalism.  The most recent is an interview with renowned photojournalist Colin Finlay. "Finlay is a six-time winner of the Picture-of-the-Year International competition administered by the Missouri School of Journalism, and has received additional awards and honors from the IPA, Los Angeles Emmy Awards and Communication Arts. As his work is already highly recognized and regarded, this installment for Photographers in Focus depicts Finlay in a new light, revealing his deep desire to make a difference in the world. “Participating in Photographers in Focus was a great opportunity for me to explain to the world the impact I hope my images have on people,” said Colin Finlay. “By trying to portray people suffering in a very real and poignant way, I want my photography to…

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