Photography Exhibit Debuts at John Wayne Airport

If you’re traveling through John Wayne Airport this holiday season, check the walls for an artistic treat. Now through Jan. 16, 2019, the photography of Joel Brown will be on display in the John Wayne Airport Community Focus Space. Brown’s stunning black-and-white images, taken on a medium format camera and an 8×10 large-format wooden camera, bring hidden details, textures and shapes into intriguing monochromatic focus.

Brian with Skateboard, 2018

“Mr. Brown’s photography style brings a sense of nostalgia and timeless quality to his black and white photographs that visitors and residents are sure to enjoy,” said Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Andrew Do. “Take a moment to enjoy his artistic photographs as you travel through John Wayne Airport.”

Brown, a veteran fine art photographer, has been capturing images in the style of classic West Coast photographers like Edward Weston and Imogen Cunningham for nearly four decades. He processes and prints his film in the “wet darkroom” tradition, without the use of computer or any digital manipulation.

Channon #2, 2017

Brown’s photography has been featured in the Los Angeles Times, Men’s File magazine and in exhibitions including the Laguna Beach Festival of Arts, Center of Fine Art Photography and Photographers’ Exchange Group. His work is also included in the Permanent Collection of the Library of Congress.

Brown’s photography exhibit can be seen on the Departure (upper) Level near security screening areas in Terminals A, B and C, and on the Arrival (lower) Level adjacent to Baggage Carousels 1 and 4 at John Wayne Airport.

Upcoming Community Focus Space Program includes painter Dennis Carrie (January 16 – February 14) and photographer Beverly Factor (February 15 – March 29).

To learn more about Joel Brown’s work, visit his website at

To learn more about JWA’s Art Programs, visit