DAVID FREESE is the photographer/author of the book "West Coast: Bering to Baja", a 5000 mile photographic journey along the West Coast of North America from the Aleutian Islands in Alaska to the tip of the Baja Peninsula in Mexico. It was released in November, 2012.
He has now completed a companion book - "East Coast: Tropic to Arctic." It explores the threats and dangers of climate change to this region. The book was released in January, 2017. Both volumes are published by George F. Thompson Publishing.
For over thirty years, David worked as a freelance assignment photographer shooting corporate/industrial and editorial photography on location. He also worked as a contract photographer for Gamma Liaison in New York City and for Zuma Press in San Clemente, California.
Always engaged in his personal work, David now devotes his full attention to his fine art photography projects and to his teaching in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University. He has previously taught at Saint Joseph’s University, Moore College of Art, Drexel University and was the founder and director of the photography program at Burlington County College where he taught for 25 years and received the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for outstanding contributions to teaching, leadership and learning.
His work has been published in Communication Arts, Photo District News, Photo Insider, View Camera, Polaroid International, Smithsonian Air and Space, MIT Technology Review and Popular Photography. His photographs are in the collections of the Allentown Art Museum, Center for Creative Photography, Center for the Study of Place, Cleveland Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Haggerty Museum of Art, Haverford College, James A. Michener Art Museum, Library of Congress, the Polaroid Collection, UC Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, and the University of Wyoming Art Museum as well as in numerous corporate art collections.
To help realize the East Coast project, David was awarded a 2013 artist grant in photography by the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation and he was also awarded a 2014 grant in photography by the Puffin Foundation. David has also received both a Fellowship in the Visual Arts and a Special Opportunity Stipend from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts as well as a Polaroid Artist Support Grant.
He was selected as a participant in the Arctic Circle Expeditionary Residency in June, 2014. He met with twenty-six other artists of varying disciplines in Longyearbyen, Svalbard, a Norwegian archipelago - about 800 miles from the North Pole – where they worked and sailed the islands for 18 days. The Didactic Ice series is the result of that voyage.