Freeman Patterson

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Freeman Patterson photographing in South Africa

Freeman Wilford Patterson CM ONB (born September 25, 1937) is a Canadian nature photographer and writer.[1] He lives at Shamper's Bluff, New Brunswick.[2] Patterson has authored several books on photographic techniques and theory, as well as on his nature photography.

Life and work[edit]

Patterson was born at Long Reach, New Brunswick.[1] He earned a B.A. from Acadia University and was granted a fellowship to study at Union Theological Seminary at Columbia University. While in New York, he studied photography and design. After completing three years there, he taught for three more years in Edmonton before finally deciding to pursue photography full-time.[3]

Together with photographer and friend Colla Swart, he has hosted photographic workshops in Kamieskroon, Northern Cape, South Africa.

He lives at Shamper's Bluff, New Brunswick.[2]


Books on photographic techniques and theory by Patterson[edit]

  • Photography for the Joy of It (1977, 2006)
  • Photography and the Art of Seeing (1979, 2006)
  • Photography of Natural Things (1982, 2006)

Books of nature photography by Patterson[edit]

  • Namaqualand: Garden of the Gods (1984)
  • Portraits of Earth (1987)
  • In a Canadian Garden (1989)
  • The Last Wilderness: Images of the Canadian Wild (1990)
  • One Planet, One Man (1994)

Books of nature photography with one other[edit]

  • Photo Impressionism and The Subjective Image (2001) – co-authored with Andre Gallant

Awards and recognition[edit]


  1. ^ a b Freeman Wilford Patterson Archived 2011-09-22 at the Wayback Machine, The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ a b "Freeman Patterson : Biography". Freeman Patterson. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  3. ^ Joel Jacobson, "Freeman Patterson 'Through life's lens'" Archived 2014-04-11 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d e f "Freeman Patterson: Honours & Awards". Freeman Patterson. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  5. ^ "The Governor General of Canada". Government of Canada. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  6. ^ "PSA: Previous Recipients". Photographic Society of America. Archived from the original on 22 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  7. ^ Ruet, Karen (4 March 2006). "The Strathbutler". New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. Saint John, NB. p. A7.
  8. ^ "The North American Nature Photography Association - NANPA Awards". North American Nature Photography Association. Archived from the original on 29 October 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2012.
  9. ^ "North American Native Plant Society - NANPS Board". Archived from the original on 2013-12-31. Retrieved 2013-06-18.
  10. ^ "2013 Order of New Brunswick recipients".

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