Don Freeman is an American photographer whose
luminous, painterly works of still life and architecture,
and his dream-like explorations into hand-toned,
monochromatic images,have found their way into the
collections of Christian Lacroix, Princess Caroline of
Monaco, Paloma Picasso and four books.
He is internationally renowned for an exquisite rendering
of interiors bathed in natural light, appearing regularly in
the UK's The World of Interiors, Elle Decor and
His latest book is Artists' Handmade Houses (Abrams
2011), a body of images that search lovingly through
the extraordinary self-built domains of great American
artists and craftsmen, from Russell Wright and George
Nakashima to Wharton Esherick and Henry Varnum Poor.
My Familiar Dream is a book of early works first
exhibited in New York at White Columns in 1985. It
currently resides in the permanent collections of the
Getty and Victorian Albert Museum in London.
The Hotel Book: Great Escapes North America,
published by Taschen, takes Don's captivating command
of light through 40 destinations in the US and Canada,
from airstream trailers to luxury resorts, capturing the
essence of place, travel and escape.
And in 2008, Rizzoli published Ted Muehling: A Portrait
by Don Freeman, the story of a twenty- year friendship
and vibrant collaboration between photographer and
legendary jewelry designer. The book is a dazzling
collection images drawn from Muehling's designs, travels,
inspirations and commissions for Steuben, Nymphenburg
Don's reverence for light was formed early in life, growing
up mesmerized by the stark natural beauties of
Bainbridge Island in the Pacific Northwest. He studied art in
Arizona, explored the art scenes of Los Angeles and San
Francisco, and moved to New York in 1983. He soon
began filling magazines like Harper's Bazaar and Vogue
with exquisite work for a pantheon of artists and
designers. Among them, Mark Jacobs, Geoffrey Beene,
Alber Elbaz, Joan Vass and Kim Hastreiter.
The next step of his journey as artist took him to Paris in
1991, where he was soon immersed in the universe of
fashion and couture. He photographed for Vogue,
Hermes, Vivienne Westwood, Christian Louboutin, Andre
Putnam, Jacques Grange, Christian Liaigre, and furniture
designers Paul Mathieu and Michael Ray, and exhibited
his fine art at Pierre Passebon Gallery.
He is currently based in New York, pursuing his vision for
interiors and still life, and exploring personal artistic
passions such as the filmed version of his book on artists'
houses, called Art House, 2015.
He has said: "I feel I can represent the spirit of a place
by observing how the daylight reveals its secrets...why
we find perfection and beauty in it."
His fine art photography is represented in New York
by Jayne Baum of JHB Gallery, and his commercial
work by Frank Parvis of i2i Agency.