Brian Palmer
Adjunct Professor, Department of Journalism
Brian Palmer is an independent documentary photographer and filmmaker, multimedia journalist, and educator.

He has reported, written, photographed, and videotaped stories on topics such as foreign policy, the military, and race in America for publications and websites, including Huffington Post, Colorlines, Pixel Press, Mother Jones, The Nation Investigative Fund, the New York Times, Politiken, and others. In the early 2000s he was an on-air news correspondent at CNN. Prior to this, he was a staff writer at Fortune magazine and US News & World Report’s Beijing bureau chief. Palmer, who was a staff photographer at US News in the early 1990s, began his journalism career as a fact-checker and New York’s Village Voice newspaper.

In 2009, he completed a Ford Foundation-funded documentary, Full Disclosure, based on three media “embeds” in Iraq. In 2013, Palmer received a Virginia Foundation of the Humanities grant to produce Make the Ground Talk, a documentary that will evoke life in historic black communities displaced to build Camp Peary.

Palmer has been a faculty member in the MFA Photography and Related Media program at New York City’s School of Visual Arts, and an adjunct professor at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts; Baruch College, CUNY; and Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communication.
Grants and Fellowships
2014 NEH We the People Fellowship in African American History, Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, for Make the Ground Talk documentary research.

2013 Virginia Foundation for the Humanities grant for Make the Ground Talk.

2010 Nation Institute journalism grant for reporting in Bangladesh.

2010 Photographer-in-residence at Objectifs Center for Photography and Filmmaking, Singapore.

2009 Fellow at the Center on Law and Security, New York University School of Law, NY.

2009 Media Fellow, Stanford University, Hoover Institution, CA.

2008 Ford Foundation Knowledge, Creativity & Freedom grant for Full Disclosure.

2007 Applied Research Center grant for Full Disclosure.
2014, 2013 Lemon Project Symposium, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA, presentation of work in progress on Make the Ground Talk
Combat, Culture, Commerce, New York, NY: Visual Arts Press/Brian Palmer, 2007.
Full Disclosure, documentary, 2009
Dialogue/article in Vision Anew: The Lens and Screen Arts, Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2014 (forthcoming).
“Last Thoughts of an Iraq ‘Embed’,” Best African American Essays 2009, Gerald Early, Series Editor, Debra Dickerson, Guest Editor. New York, NY: Bantam, 2009.
Photographs and essay, “Learning China,” in China: Fifty Years Inside the People’s Republic. 
New York, NY: Aperture, 1999.
Additional Publications
On William Klein in The Education of a Photographer, Charles H. Traub, Steven Heller and Adam B. Bell, Editors. New York, NY: Allworth, 2006.

M.F.A., School of Visual Arts
B.A., Brown University
East Asian Studies
Contact Information
(804) 287-6049