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David Freese received his bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and, after graduation, taught photography in the U.S. Army Signal Corps for two years. Over the following thirty-five 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.

Concurrently, David has always pursued his passions as an artist and as an educator. He now devotes his full attention to various fine-art photography projects/books and to teaching in the Film and Media Arts Department at Temple University where he received the 2016 Adjunct Faculty Award. He has previously taught at Saint Joseph's University, Moore College of Art and Drexel University. In 2006, he was the founder and director of the photography degree program at Burlington County College in Pemberton, New Jersey, where he taught for twenty-five years and received the Excellence Award from the National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development for "outstanding contributions to teaching, leadership and learning."

Freese is the photographer/author of West Coast: Bering to Baja released in 2012. A companion book, East Coast: Arctic to Tropic, was released in January 2017. His third book - Mississippi River: Headwaters and Heartland to Delta and Gulf - was released in July, 2020 and completes a Trilogy of North American Waters. His work has been published in Communication Arts, MIT Technology Review, Philadelphia Inquirer Magazine, Photo District News, Photo Insider, Polaroid International, Popular Photography, Smithsonian Air and Space, Time-Life Books, and View Camera. Images and book reviews have been published at aPhotoEditor; Hyperallergic; Il Post, Italy; Lenscratch; Monthly Photography, South Korea; Photographer's Forum and Slate Behold, The Photo Blog.

David has exhibited nationally and his photographs are in the collections of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Allentown Art Museum, David Winton Bell Gallery at Brown University, Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Center for Creative Photography, Center for the Study of Place, Cleveland Museum of Art, Crocker Art Museum, Denver Art Museum, Fitchburg Art Museum, Haggerty Museum of Art, Haverford College, James A. Michener Art Museum, Library of Congress, Peabody Essex Museum of Art, Polaroid Collection, Russian Union of Art Photographers, Sheldon Museum of Art, Southeast Museum of Photography, Smith College Museum of Art, University of California Berkeley Art Museum/Pacific Film Archive, University of Wyoming Art Museum and in numerous corporate art collections.

Freese has been awarded artist grants in photography by the Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Aegon Transamerica Foundation. He has also received a Polaroid Artist Support Grant and both a Fellowship in the Visual Arts and a Special Opportunity Stipend from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He was selected as a participant in the 2014 Arctic Circle Expeditionary Residency that sailed around Svalbard—a Norwegian archipelago near the North Pole.