Blood is smeared on the bed of a parked vehicle in Ajdabiya, Libya, in April 2011. Photographer Michael Christopher Brown's upcoming book, "Libyan Sugar," contains Brown's photos from the Libyan revolution that toppled Moammar Gadhafi. The shots were taken on his phone because he dropped his camera just days after arriving. "Libyan Sugar" also includes Brown's journal entries, text messages and other electronic conversations he had with friends and family.
People mourn for their fallen brother outside a mosque in Ajdabiya in March 2011. The trip to Libya was Brown's first experience in armed conflict.
Bloody handprints stain a former secret police cell inside an elementary school in Tripoli, Libya, in August 2011.
A dead fighter, who was also a fixer for foreign journalists, lies on a gurney in Misrata, Libya, in April 2011. That morning, Brown said, he was originally supposed to accompany the fighter to the front lines.
A side street in Misrata in April 2011.
Two of Brown's colleagues -- Guillermo Cervera, left, and Tim Hetherington -- prepare to sleep in Misrata in April 2011.
On April 20, 2011, Brown and his fellow photographers were hit by shelling in Misrata. Hetherington and Chris Hondros were killed, as were numerous Libyan fighters. Brown and Guy Martin were injured. This photo, from October that year, shows the impact of the mortar.
Brown said that on the way to the hospital, photographer Katie Orlinsky leaned on his chest to slow the bleeding. After he was wounded, Brown returned to New York. "It felt good to have an excuse to leave, but I knew after a while I would be ready to go back," he says in his book.
Inside a hospital in Bani Walid, Libya, after government fighters fled in October 2011.
While in New York, Brown was at the hospital for the birth of his godson, Kaleb, in May 2011. Brown was texting his girlfriend, Chiara, when she told him: "I think you should go in. You've seen a lot of blood, I think you're used to it, and this time it would be for something beautiful."
Brown and Chiara spend time in the Italian Alps in May 2011. After recuperating from his injuries in Europe, Brown returned to Libya in late August, where he stayed on and off for the next four months.
Months after he was wounded, Brown returned to the spot where he was standing when the mortar hit. "The blood of Tim and Chris must have been somewhere in the dirt, rocks and pavement, and I felt strange looking for some remainder of them," Brown says in his book.
People in Misrata wait in line to visit the body of Gadhafi in October 2011.
Brown said the guards would not let them see the left side of Gadhafi's head. "After months of getting to know the Libyan people and learning about the horrors they endured under Gadhafi, it was strange to see the man -- the dictator -- lying in a refrigerated room on a mattress, uncovered and scraped of life," Brown says in his book.
Fireworks fly over Benghazi, Libya, in October 2011. "Both Libya and I changed that year," Brown said. "I came to war and was awakened to mortality."