Born in 1985, Mike Brodie began photographing when he was given a Polaroid camera in 2004. Working under the moniker 'The Polaroid Kidd,' Brodie spent the next four years circumambulating the United States, amassing an archive of photographs that make up one of the few, true collections of American travel photography. Brodie made work in the tradition of photographers like Robert Frank, William Eggleston and Stephen Shore, but due to never having undergone any formal training he always remained untethered to the pressures and expectations of art market.

Brodie compulsively documented his exploration of the tumultuous world of transient subcultures without regard to how the photographs would exist beyond him. After feeling as though he documented all that he could of his subject, his insatiable wanderlust found a new passion, and as quickly as he began making photographs, he has left the medium to continue in his constant pursuit of new adventures.

In 2008, Brodie received the Baum Award for American Emerging Artists and has a forthcoming book to be published by Steidl, as well as numerous international shows. Brodie recently graduated from the Nashville Auto Diesel College (NADC) and is now working as a diesel mechanic. Although Brodie has stopped making photographs, the body of work he made in only four short years has left a huge impact on the photo world, and is now being made available to the public.

  1985, Arizona
2014 A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, Galerie Les filles du calvaire, Paris, Fr
2013 A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, CA
  A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, Yossi Milo Gallery, New York, NY
2007 Ridin' Dirty Face, Needles and Pens, San Francisco, CA
  Mike Brodie Photographs, Casa del Lago, Chapultepec, Mexico
  Tones of Dirt and Bone, Bonni Benrubi Gallery, New York, NY
  Homesteadaz, Get This! Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2006 Tones of Dirt and Bone, M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  Homesteadaz, Get This! Gallery, Atlanta, GA
2015 Sitter, Canzani Center Gallery, Columbus College of the Art & Design, Columbus, OH
2014 Collector's Favorites, Leica Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
  Only the Good Ones: The Snapshot Aesthetic Revisited, Galerie Rudolfinum, Prague, Czech Republic
  SPACE, Sundance, Park City, UT
2013 Perchance to Dream, Andrea Meislin Gallery, New York, NY
2011 idyll, Stephen Wirtz Gallery, San Francisco, California
  Minor Cropping May Occur: (selected diaries 1962-2011), Lombard-Freid Projects, New York, NY
2010 Personal Identities/ Contemporary Portraits, Sonoma State University, Sonoma, CA
  BROKEN LINES (curated by Nadia Ismail), Anna Klinkhammer Galerie, Dusseldorf, Germany
2008 Presumed Innocence, DeCordova Museum, Lincoln, MA
2007 Swoon, Chris Stain, Mike Brodie, Gallery LJ Beaubourg, Paris, FR
2008 The Baum Award for Emerging American Photographers
2012 A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, Twin Palms Publishers
2006 Tones of dirt and bone, TBW Books, 2006
2015 "Disposable Cameras," Studio Voice, December 2015
  O'Hagan, Sean. "Riding the rails: Mike Brodie's romantic Polaroids of freight-train life," The Guardian, March 26
2014 Philips, Ed. "10 Game-Changing Photography Books," Highsnobiety, September 4
2013 Ryzik, Melena. "Sidestepping the Digital Demimonde," The New York Times, November 8
  Baker, Kenneth. "A keen shutter reflex from Mike Brodie at Wirtz" SFGate, October 4, 2013
  Dyer, Geoff. "Artist in Training: Mike Brodie's Photographs of Life On and Off the Rails" Bookforum, June/July/Aug 2013
  PDN, The Photo Book Issue, August (Cover Image)
  Phat Photo (JPN), July (Covery Image)
  Cornish, Audie. "All Things Considered: Trains, Punks, Pictures And Books You Maybe Shouldn't Read" NPR, April 12, 2013
  Ahearn, Meghan. "Photo of the Day: King of the Road," pdn, March 15, 2013
  Cooper, Charlie. "Railroads to Freedom: The drifters living and dreaming on America's freight trains," The Independent, March 8, 2013
  Zhong, Fan. "Mike Brodie: The Kid Stays In The Pictures," W Magazine, March 6, 2013
  McCauley. "After Puberty and Before Manhood: A Period of Juvenile Prosperity," The New Yorker, January 29, 2013
2011 Enzinna, Wes. "The Train Photography of Mike Brodie," Oxford American, June, 2011
  "Goings on about Town: Art," The New Yorker, June 19, 2011
  Raphael, Sarah. "Minor Cropping May Occur," i-D, February 17, 2011
  Smith, Roberta. "Art in Review: Minor Cropping May Occur," The New York Times, March 10, 2011
2007 Johnson, Miki. "Inside Photography: New Talent, Exception to the Rule" American Photo, July, 2007
  "Galleries - Uptown," The New Yorker, March 5, 2007
  "Mike Brodie: Bound by Tones of Dirt and Bone," HUGE Magazine, Japan
2006 "Inside My Head: One Person's Photos," Look Look, 2006
  Dailey, Nichelle. "These Birds Walk Publishing," Mass Appeal Magazine, 2006
  Feliciano, Kristina. "Exposures: Connect Four," PDN, November 2006
  Derballa, Bryan. "Mike Brodie: The Polaroid Kid," SOMA October 2006
  The Sir Elton John Photography Collection
  San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, California
  Berkeley Museum of Art, California