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photographer , teacher , writer

Freeman Wilford Patterson, CM ONB is a Canadian nature photographer and writer, has authored several books on photographic techniques and theory.


Freeman W. Patterson was born in 1937 in Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada.


Patterson earned a BA in 1959 from Acadia University, Wolfville, Nova Scotia, and a Master of Divinity degree in 1962 from Union Theological Seminary in New York.


A freelance photographer since 1966, Patterson edited Camera Canada from 1968 to 1978. Previously he was a photographer in the Still Photography Department, Berkeley Studio, United Church of Canada, Toronto (1965-66), and dean of religious education at Alberta College, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada (1962-65).

He won a Rockefeller Fellowship in 1959, a World University Service of Canada Fellowship for summer study in Yugoslavia in 1957, and an I. B. Oakes Four-year Entrance Scholarship to Acadia University in 1955.


  • PUBLICATIONS Books: Photography and the Art of Seeing, 1979; Photography for the Joy of It, 1977.


Patterson belongs to the National Association for Photographic Art, Colour Photographic Association of Canada (director, 1965-67) and Toronto Guild for Colour Photography (director, 1967-69; vice-president, 1969-70; president, 1970-71).


Colla Swar

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