Brien lives in Austin Texas and is currently working for Nikon. He has been published in numerous books, magazines and newspapers such as National Geographic, Time, Newsweek, GQ, Washington Post and the New York Times. His work appears in many books pertaining to the war in Iraq like the critically acclaimed ‘This Is Our War”.
Most of Brien’s photos are portraits: snapshots of people that reveal the quintessence of human expression. He looks for the candid moment and shares it with the world. After being inspired by the 1985 National Geographic cover by Steve McCurry he hasn’t stopped trying to photograph the human spirit.
Brien retired from the Navy after 20 years as a Photojournalist and has photographed in 45 countries. As an instructor at the Defense Information School he helped to mold the future of military photographers. After graduating from the 2002 Advanced Military Photojournalism program at Newhouse School of Communications, Syracuse University, Brien started working as a combat photojournalist at Combat Camera, Atlantic where he completed tours in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay Cuba. He is a six-time first place winner at the Military Photographer of the Year competition in different categories and also won the prestigious Communicator Award for “The Road to Recovery” a photo documentary about burn patients recovery. Former President of the D.C. chapter of the National Association of Naval Photography, Brien co-founded and helped produce their annual 3 day photography workshop “The D.C. Shoot Off” a workshop open to all government and DOD military photographers.