Don Freeman is an American artist, filmmaker and photographer. His work has been widely published in French, German and American Vogue, The World of Interiors,Elle Décor and Architectural Digest.  Freeman has exhibited in international galleries and private collections alike.

He has published five books of photography, which have explored interiors (Artists’ Handmade Houses, The Hotel Book: Great Escapes North America), the objet d’art (Ted Muehling: A Portrait), taking flowers back to their Dutch Renaissance beginnings (Styling Nature), and early works (My Familiar Dream, currently residing in the permanent collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum).

Freeman's award-winning documentary Art House (2016) revisits the intimate domiciles of the eleven artists represented in Artists' Handmade Houses, revealing the spiritual residue their presence left in unpopulated rooms.

He lives in New York and upstate New York, near Woodstock.

Don’s personal photographs are shot on 35mm black and white negative film. He uses high-speed, Tri-X film for its inherent graininess and shoots at slow shutter speeds sans tri-pod. He then dyes the images or subjects them to toning baths. These analog techniques further abstract the image until they resemble paintings, much like those of J.M.W. Turner.

Don has created a catalog of pictures over the years; photos of flowers, antiquities, letters and architectural details that function as his noumenon awaiting their transformation into subjective, tangible images. Don refers to his collection of images as, “a sort of Noah’s Ark.”

Freeman is also influenced by cinema, specifically the films of Andrei Tarkovsky - specifically his film Mirror, in which Tarkovsky creates a visual narrative that combines past and present, dreams and reality, color and black-and-white; themes at the core of Don’s interests.





Born: 1957, Yakasuka, Japan, raised on Bainbridge Island, Washington




1979   BFA-Northern Arizona University, AZ

1980   San Francisco Academy of Art, CA




2018        My Familiar Dream”, The Gilded Owl, Hudson NY 

2016        The Poetics of Space, Carter Lane Gallery, London

2015        The Plantbook Series, Chris Lehrecke, Hudson, NY

2012        Villa Cornaro, Richard H. Rush Library Exhibit Hall, Edison College, Fort Meyers, FL

2009        Don Freeman - Ted Muehling, IBU Gallery, Paris, France

                  Don Freeman - Ted Muehling, March, San Francisco, CA

2007        Branches, Comerford Hennesy, Bridgehampton, NY

2002        Hemphill Gallery, Washington, DC (two person)

                  Ted Muehling and Don Freeman, Joyce, Paris, France (two person)

1997        Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY

1994        Decouvert, Paris, France

                  Elga Wimmer Gallery, New York, NY

1993        Private View, Paris, France

1992        Pierre Passebon, Paris, France

1987        Rastovski Gallery, New York, NY

1985        White Columns, New York, NY

                  Stokker Stikker Gallery, New York, NY




2019        Impressions, Cristina Grajales Gallery, New York, NY 

2012        Bloom, curated by Jayne H. Baum, Bloom, Sag Harbor, New York, NY

2010        Contemporary Photography from JHB Gallery, Leslie Ferrin Gallery, Lenox, MA

2005        Buds, Blooms, Blossoms, Staley/Wise Gallery, New York, NY

2003        Naked, Glenn Horowitz Gallery, East Hampton, NY

1999        Female, curated by Vince Aletti, Wessel + O'Connor, New York, NY

                  Black, White, Beautiful, Hemphill Fine Arts, Washington, DC

1995        Bloom, Downtown/Uptown Gallery LOK, Wainscott, New York

                  Bridgewater Lustberg Gallery, New York, NY

Chasing Angels, Christine Rose Galley, New York, NY

1994        A Garden, Barbara Krakow Gallery, Boston, MA

1992        Balade de L'Amour, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris, France

1991        Je crois entendre encore, Collector Magazine Benefit Show, Paris, France (video)

                  The Milky Way, Galerie Pierre Passebon, Paris, France

1990        Galerie Pierre Passebon, Paris, France (with Paul Mathieu and Michael Ray)

1988        Benefit Exhibition, White Columns, New York, NY

1987        Art Against Aids Benefit, Jeffrey Neale Gallery, New York, NY

1986        Retroactive, Hallwalls, Buffalo, NY

                  Update, White Columns, New York, NY

                  Post Pluralism, Mission Gallery, New York, NY

1985        Godda, A & P Gallery, New York, NY




2018        Beautiful Ghost, a short film produced for Asiatica, Kansas City. Produced by

                  Elizabeth Fuller-Wilson. Filmed on location in Big Indian, NY. 

2017        Art House. Dir. Don Freeman. Perf. Frederich Church, Russell Wright, George            Nakashima, Raoul Hague, Constantino Nivola, Byrdclyffe Arts Colony, Eliphante, Henry                   Chapman Mercer, Paolo Soleri,Wharton Escherick, Henry Varnum Poor. 

                  Oneiric House Productions, 2016. Distributed by First Run Feature Films. 


Film Screenings


2015        Cornell University, Cleveland Museum of Art, Portland Art Museum, Milan Design and           Film Festival, New Zealand Design and Film Festival, Newport Beach Film Festival,

                  Toronto Reel Heart International Film Festival, Sonoma, Sarasota, Rhode Island Film              Festival


Film Awards


                  Best Documentary Film, 2015 Digital Awards in Cinematography-Atlas Award

                  Rising Star Award, 2015 Canada International Film Festival

                  Platinum Award, Best Editing, Best Documentary-Toronto Reel Heart Film Festival





2018        Brett Williams. Don Freeman/My Familiar Dream, Aspire Design and Home Magazine,

                  Winter, 2018, color ills. 


2015        Daniella Ohad. Life's WorkCultured Magazine,June 20, color ills.

                  Winner Best Documentary Film Atlas & Aeris Magazine, June,color ills.


2014        Art House at the New Jersy Film FestivalThe New York Times , June9 2013,color ills.

                  -----, Art House and Spies"Woodstock News , Aug 14 2014


2011        Mahany, Barbara. When Home Is Your CanvasChicago Tribune, June 12, color ills.

                  Terranova, Amber. Intimate Spaces of Renowned Artisans – Photo of the DayPDN,                

                  June 8,    color ills.                   

                  Murg, Stephanie. Art-House PicturesArtnews, June, p. 24, color ills.

                  Shaw, AM. Artists’ Handmade HousesThe World Of Interiors, June, p. 62, color ills.

                  Boyle & Gardner.  Fresh Picks – The BookWall Street Journal, May 21, p. D7, color ills.

                  Ohtake, Miyoko. Artists’ Handmade HousesDwell, May 2011, color ills.

                  Kuhn, Eva.  At Home With Artifacts In Their Natural Habitats, Antiques, 

                  The New York Times, New York, NY, April 29, color ills.

                  -----. Inside and OutElle Décor, New York, NY, May, color ills.

-----.  The Best! - BookHouse Beautiful, New York, NY, May, color ills.

-----.  Open HousesArt & Antiques, May, New York, NY, color ills. 

2009        -----. Don Freeman, Variatio, Milan, Italy

2004        Ypma, Herbert. Christian Liagre, New York: Thames and Hudson, London, England

2002        Gleizes, Serge.  Galice Mystique, AD France, July-August, No. 24, pps.131-137, color ills.

1999        Kleban, Mika.  Blue PrintsBLOOM , No. 2, pps. 86-88, color ills.

Wilkie, Angus. A Light TouchThe World of Interiors, London, England, color ills.

1995        -----.  East Hampton Star, East Hampton, NY, ill..

                  -----.  Dan's Papers, Bridgehampton, NY, ill..

                  -----.  The East Hampton Independent, East Hampton, NY, ill..

-----.  Hampton's Magazine, East Hampton, NY, ill.

                  -----.  Southampton Press, Southampton, NY, ill.

                  -----.  Graphis, New York, NY, ill.

1994        -----.  The Village Voice, New York, NY, March 3, ill.

1993        -----.  Vogue Hommes, Paris, France, ill.

                  -----.  Maison et Jardin, Paris, France, ill.

                  -----.  Jardins des Modes, Paris, France, ill.

                  -----.  Architektur & Wohnen, Hamburg, Germany, ill.

1992        -----.  Photographies, Paris, France, ill.

                  -----.  Jardin des Modes, Paris, France, ill.

                  -----.  Elle Magazine, Paris, France, ill.

1991        -----.  House and Garden, New York, NY, ill.

                  -----.  Vogue Decoration, Paris, France, ill.

1987        Wright, Jeff.  Veil of ShadowsCover Magazine, New York, NY




2016        Styling Nature , Rizzoli, New York, NY

2011        Artists Handmade Houses, text by Michael Gotkin, Abrams, New York, NY

2008        Ted Muehling – A Portrait by Don Freeman, Rizzoli, New York, NY

2006        The Hotel Book, Taschen, New York, NY

2001        My Familiar Dream -Paris France





Associations Paris Musées, Paris, France

Victoria and Albert Museum, London, England

L'Avenue Montaigne Cafe, Paris, France

Banana Republic, San Francisco, CA

Geoffrey Beene, New York, NY

Laura Bohn, New York, NY

Carol Bouquet, Paris, France

Thomas F. Burchill, New York, NY

Christian Dior, Paris, France

Andrew Frank, New York, NY

Jacques Grange, Paris, France

Carole and Frank Gulich, Zumikon, Switzerland

Deborah Hartley, London, England

Marie Hélène and John Hopkins, London, England

Holly Hunt, Chicago, IL

Tommy Hilfiger, New York, NY

Christian Liagre, Paris, France

Paul Mathieu and Michael Ray, Paris, France

Ted Muehling, New York, NY

David Mitchell, Washington, DC

Nautica, New York, NY

Princess Caroline, Monaco

Paloma Picasso, Paris, France

Polo/Ralph Lauren, New York, NY

André Putman, Paris, France

Robin Standefer and Stephen Alesch, New York, NY

Ben Stiller, New York, NY

Olga Lizardi-De-Viso and Joaquin B Viso-Alonso, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Stephen Alton Architect , New York, NY

Jaklitsch Gardner Architects, New York, NY