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  Name:   Brian Palmer
Month: December 2010
Schools: Brown BA East Asian Studies, 1986
School of Visual Arts MFA Photography, 1990
Organization: Humint Productions LLC
Title: Director

Brian Palmer is an independent journalist/documentary maker based in Brooklyn, NY.

Palmer recently completed his first feature-length video documentary, FULL DISCLOSURE, which is based on his three embeds with a U.S. Marine infantry battalion in Iraq as well as subsequent filming here in the U.S.

On the basis of his footage and writing, Palmer was chosen to participate in the Tribeca Film Institute's "All Access" program in 2006. He screened excerpts of the documentary as work in progress at the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival.

Palmer received grants from the Ford Foundation and the Applied Research Center to complete FULL DISCLOSURE. He is currently seeking distribution and broadcast outlets, in the U.S. and abroad.

In February 2009, Palmer was a Media Fellow at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University where he continued his research on Iraq. He is currently a Fellow at NYU's Center on Law and Security where he researches U.S. military policy in Africa. In January 2010, he travels to Bangladesh on a Nation Institute reporting grant. In March 2010, he will be Resident Artist at Objectifs Center for Photography and Filmmaking in Singapore.

Recently, Palmer has written for Mother Jones, The Huffington Post, Pixel, ColorLines, Independent World Report (Stockholm), and Foam magazine of photography (Amsterdam). His essay "Last Thoughts of an Iraq Embed," was featured in Best African Essays 2009.

Palmer's photographs have appeared in The New York Times, The Baltimore Sun, Politiken (Copenhagen) and other publications. His photographic work from Iraq was featured on Pixel and distributed by SIPA Press International. His photographs were included in the African American Museum's (Philadelphia) 2005 exhibition "Saturday Night/Sunday Morning" and the traveling show of the same name. (A book version of the exhibition is forthcoming.)

His China photographs and an accompanying essay were featured in the book China: Fifty Years Inside The People's Republic. Palmer's photos from the book were included in exhibitions of the same name at the Hong Kong Arts Center, Asia Society in New York City, Berkeley Art Museum, Royal Ontario Museum, and other institutions. His photos of the 1991 unrest in Crown Heights, NY, appear in Anna Deavere Smith's Fires in the Mirror, both the book and stage production.

He has provided video and production services to MTV's News & Documentary Division, ABC News, PBS's Now with David Brancaccio, and the Tribeca Film Festival. His independent video story on the Pathshala South Asian Institute of Photography in Dhaka, Bangladesh, appeared on the World Politics Review website. His recent short video project on the U.S. military's 2009 Force Protection Equipment Demonstration can be viewed at

Palmer teaches and advises students at New York City's School of Visual Arts' MFA Photography, Video & Related Media Program. He also teaches in the undergraduate photography program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

From 2000 to 2002 Palmer was an on-air correspondent at CNN. At CNN, he reported on national and international stories, both live and in taped pieces. Palmer did his own research and writing and often produced his own segments. He covered the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York and did a tour in the Kabul, Afghanistan bureau in 2002. He was a staff writer at Fortune from 1998 to 2000 and Beijing Bureau Chief for U.S. News & World Report for the two years prior to that, where he covered breaking news in China, Hong Kong, and other countries in the region, wrote features, and managed the bureau. He learned the nuts and bolts of journalism as a fact-checker, then assistant editor and freelance contributor at The Village Voice newspaper.

Palmer earned a BA in East Asian Studies from Brown University in 1986 and an MFA in Photography from the School of Visual Arts. In the mid-1980s he studied Mandarin and history at Nanjing University in the People's Republic of China.

His video work can be viewed at Palmer blogs at



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