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Freeman Patterson

Freeman Patterson photographing in South Africa

Freeman Wilford Patterson, CM ONB (born September 25, 1937) is a Canadian nature photographer and writer born at Long Reach, New Brunswick.[1] He currently lives at Shamper's Bluff, New Brunswick.[2]

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 under Dr. Helen Manzer. After completing three years there, he taught for three more years in Edmonton before finally deciding to pursue photography full-time.[3]


  • Publications and instruction 1
  • Awards and recognition 2
  • Health issues 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Publications and instruction

Patterson has authored several books on photographic techniques and theory, including Photography for the Joy of It (1977), Photography and the Art of Seeing (1979) and Photography of Natural Things (1982). These books were issued in revised formats in 2006.

Patterson has also authored books centered on his nature photography, such as Namaqualand: Garden of the Gods (1984), Portraits of Earth (1987), In a Canadian Garden (1989), The Last Wilderness: Images of the Canadian Wild (1990) and One Planet, One Man (1994). In 2001, Patterson and co-author Andre Gallant, produced Photo Impressionism and The Subjective Image.

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

Awards and recognition

Patterson has been recognized by numerous national and international groups, including:

Health issues

In the 1980s, Patterson contracted

  • Official website
  • Interview, CBC Radio, Ideas, October 2010

External links

  1. ^ Freeman Wilford Patterson, The Canadian Encyclopedia.
  2. ^ "Freeman Patterson : Biography". Freeman Patterson. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  3. ^ a b Joel Jacobson, "Freeman Patterson 'Through life's lens'"
  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. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "The North American Nature Photography Association - NANPA Awards". North American Nature Photography Association. Retrieved 4 November 2012. 
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  9. ^ "2013 Order of New Brunswick recipients". 



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