Browne attended Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge in 1968-69. As a photographer he is self-taught.
A freelance photographer since 1969, Browne has also worked in the Hollywood film industry since 1972. From 1973 to 1975 he concentrated on a still photography documentation of the rural Cajuns of Louisiana. In the year 1975-76, he specialized in mural printing, including work from the original negatives of the John Kobal Collection, resulting in the traveling exhibit "Dreams for Sale"; these images include the work of Hollywood glamour photographers like Hurrell, Bull, Willinger, etc.
Among his motion picture credits are director of photography on Only Once in a Lifetime (1978, produced by Sierra Madre Motion Picture Company of Los Angeles) and cameraman on The New Klan, a documentary aired on the national Public Broadcasting System in 1978.
Working in medium and large formats, Browne's personal work was mainly black-and- white. He concentrated on documentary, landscapes and found objects.
A member of the Friends of Photography and the Los Angeles Center for Photographic Studies.