Bernard Lawrence Freemesser received a Bachelor of Arts in 1950 from San Diego State College and an Master of Science in Photography in 1952 from the University of Oregon in Eugene.
Bernard Lawrence Freemesser was a professor of fine arts at the University of Oregon (1973-1977), where he began teaching full time in 1965. Prior to that he was director of the university's Photographic Bureau (1955) and technical director of Northwest Photographic Illustrators (1953-1955).
Producer of a TV series entitled "The Art of Seeing," which was shown twice weekly over an educational TV station, he also produced films entitled Hey! Follow Me; A University and Its People; John Burton, His Art and His Philosophy and Eugene 66, A Community Environmental Portrait.
President of the Oregon Press Photographers Association, Bernard Lawrence Freemesser was also national chairman of SPE (1968-1970) and a member of its board of directors (1968-1973). He was also a trustee of Friends of Photography (1976-1977).