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 is currently working on his next film based on André Breton's Nadja, shot in Paris entirely on Super 8 film.
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.