Christian Patterson

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Christian Patterson
House on fire.jpg
Photograph from Christian Patterson's Redheaded Peckerwood series
Born1972 (age 46–47)
Alma materself-taught[1]
Notable work
Sound Affects series
Redheaded Peckerwood series

Christian Patterson (born 1972, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA) is an American photographer known for his Sound Affects and Redheaded Peckerwood series which have received solo exhibitions and been published as books. Redheaded Peckerwood was awarded the Rencontres d'Arles Author Book Award in 2012[2] and Patterson has been awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship[3] and the Vevey International Photography Award.[4]


In 2002, Patterson moved from Brooklyn, New York to Memphis, Tennessee to work with the photographer William Eggleston.[5][6] In 2005, he completed his first project, Sound Affects, a collection of color photographs that explore Memphis as a visual and musical place, and use light and color as visual analogues to sound and music. In 2008, a Sound Affects book was published by Edition Kaune, Sudendorf.

Also in 2005, Patterson began working on his second project, Redheaded Peckerwood, which is loosely inspired by the late 1950s killing spree of Charles Starkweather and Caril Ann Fugate across Nebraska. Photographs are the heart of this work, but they are complemented and informed by documents and objects[vague] that belonged to the killers and their victims. Later that year, Patterson moved back to New York.

In 2011, a Redheaded Peckerwood book was published by Mack and named one of the best photobooks of the year by many critics.[7] The book was nominated for the 2012 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards[8] and won the 2012 Recontres d'Arles Author Book Award.[2] It is introduced in The Photobook: A History, Vol. 3, edited by Gerry Badger and Martin Parr.[9]

In 2015, Patterson completed Bottom of the Lake, a project revisiting his hometown of Fond du Lac, Wisconsin (French for “Bottom of the Lake”). A book was published by Koenig Books and takes the form of a facsimile of the artist's family's 1973 telephone book from Fond du Lac, with Patterson's own photographs, drawings and notes inserted. Like Redheaded Peckerwood, this new work mixes large-format colour landscapes, black-and-white snapshots, appropriated and manipulated archival images, and studio still lifes. As an installation and exhibition, the work includes an interactive rotary telephone object and wooden sculpture.


Publications by Patterson[edit]

  • Sound Affects. Cologne: Edition Kaune, Sudendorf, 2008. ISBN 9783000245145.
  • Redheaded Peckerwood.
  • Bottom of the Lake.

Publications with others[edit]

Publication with contribution by Patterson[edit]

  • AP CP BL – Ahorn Paper 1, Christian Patterson, Bottom of the Lake. Berlin: Ahorn Books, 2016. ISBN 978-3-946707-00-4. Contains two interviews with Patterson and contributions by Gerry Badger, Thomas Weski and Luc Sante. 144 pages.

Solo exhibitions[edit]

  • 2003 – Another Time, Another Place, and You, Southside Gallery, Oxford, MS.
  • 2005 – Sound Affects, Power House, Memphis, TN; Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York, NY, 2006; Robert Koch Gallery, San Francisco, CA, 2007; Kaune, Sudendorf Contemporary, Cologne, Germany, 2008;
  • 2012 – Sound Affects & Redheaded Peckerwood, Robert Morat Galerie, Hamburg, Germany.
  • 2013 – Redheaded Peckerwood, Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, CA.
  • 2015 – Bottom of the Lake, Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin, Germany.



  1. ^ Although the ISBN has remained the same, Patterson made changes from the first edition to the second, and from the second to the third. "The changes in the editions of Redheaded Peckerwood are small enough to argue for either static or evolving photobooks" (Jörg Colberg, "Redheaded Peckerwood, III and some thoughts on photobook editions", Conscientious, 2 May 2013; accessed 5 September 2015).


  1. ^ "Bio & CV". Christian Patterson. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c O'Hagan, Sean (9 July 2012). "Torgovnik's powerful portraits from Rwanda take top prize at Arles". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2 February 2015.
  3. ^ a b John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellows Accessed 29 January 2018.
  4. ^ a b Ye Ming, "Christian Patterson Wins Vevey International Photography Award", Time (magazine), 26 May 2015. Accessed 5 September 2015.
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  7. ^ Marc Feustel, "Photobooks 2011: And the Winner is...", Eyecurious, 20 December 2011.
  8. ^ World Photography Organisation: "2012 Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards" Archived 2015-03-24 at the Wayback Machine
  9. ^ Parr, Martin; Badger, Gerry (2014). The Photobook: A History, Volume III. London: Phaidon. pp. 279, 309. ISBN 978-0-7148-6677-2.
  10. ^ "Subscription Series 4". TBW Books. Archived from the original on 21 October 2015. Retrieved 5 September 2015.
  11. ^ "Lost Home". Retrieved 5 September 2015.

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