“Jeff brings a quiet and simplicity to all his work, but also a beauty and spirituality.”
-Aline Smithson, Founder of Lenscratch
“Jeff Friesen’s photography makes us fall in love with the medium again and again."
-Sabine Modder, Editor, Moco Loco
Jeff Friesen's photography has received worldwide acclaim for a remarkably diverse array of work. He has been awarded the photography world's most prestigious honors from organizations such as Communication Arts, Photo District News, and the International Photography Awards. While Jeff is known for working with a wide-range of subjects, a fresh, simple vision is found throughout all of his personal and assigned work.
Jeff’s work has been exhibited in the US, Canada, Europe, and Japan. His images have appeared in publications including American Photo, Popular Photography, Photo District News, Canadian Geographic, and National Geographic Adventure. Thanks to partnerships with IKEA and West Elm, Jeff's work is found in thousands of homes around the world.
Media outlets that have featured Jeff's photography are The Huffington Post, Wired, Lenscratch, Weather.com, My Modern Metropolis, ABC News, MSN.com, Design Boom, Trendhunter, Design You Trust, Mashable, Buzzfeed, and Peta Pixel, along with hundreds of other art, design, and news sites.
Jeff also writes professionally. In 2013 he received an international magazine award for an article featuring his Beyond Here series. He also has two published books resulting from toy photography projects he works on with his daughter every summer.
Jeff is based in Victoria, BC, Canada, on Vancouver Island.
THE DIORAMA PROJECTS
Jeff's LEGO and toy diorama projects began as a way of teaching his daughter photography, beginning when she was still a preschooler. Jeff made a mini-tabletop studio where he and his daughter would arrange her toys to make little scenes with little stories, which were then photographed.
Jeff was initially reluctant to include the toy projects with his professional work, but eventually decided that since the quality and care was as high as anything else he did, why not? It proved to be a sound decision, as the work turned out to be extremely popular around the world...sometimes more so than his "serious" work.
2013 Magazine Award for writing and photography: Beyond Here photo essay in Saltscapes.
2013 International Garden Photographer of the Year Contest, winning image in the plant portrait category.
2012 PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris, Gold Medal, Nature Category for Beyond Here series.
2012 PX3 Prix De La Photographie Paris, Silver Medal, Nature Category for Winterdeep single image, Wandering Cloud.
2010 PDN Photo Annual Contest winner, Personal Category, for Starling Net.
2010 International Garden Photographer of the Year Contest, third place in the Garden Views category.
2010 International Garden Photographer of the Year Contest, highly commended in the Portfolio category.
2009 Black and White Spider Award winner in the Landscape category for Granite Barrens series.
2009 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention for Beyond Here series.
2009 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention for Granite Barrens series.
2009 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention for Granite Barrens II series.
2009 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention for Seeing Water series.
2009 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention for Turning Leaves series.
2009 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention for Shoreline Tulips, single image.
2009 International Photography Awards, Honorable Mention for Beech Tree, Winter Night, single image.
2008 Applied Arts Award of Excellence winner for Turning Leaves series.
2006 Banff Centre for the Arts photography contest winner for Carmanah Creek, single image.
2005 Applied Arts Award of Excellence winner for Seeing Water series.
2004 Absolute Photography Competition winner for Northern Lake, single image.
2003 Communication Arts Award of Excellence winner for Seeing Water series.
2003 Photography Unlimited, Best Photo of the Year winner, second place for Waves Over Stones.
2003 Banff Centre for the Arts photography contest winner for Goldstream River Autumn, single image.
2002 American Photo Photography Contest winner for Waves Over Stones, single image.
2002 Juried Solo Show winner, British Columbia Festival of the Arts.
2001 Juried Group Show winner, British Columbia Festival of the Arts.
2000 American Photo Photography Contest winner for Backyard Bull, single image
2000 American Photo Photography Contest winner for Tidal Pool, single image
Photo District News
National Geographic Adventure
Canoe & Kayak
Beautiful British Columbia
New York Daily News
Der Spiegal (Germany)
London Daily Mail
International Garden Photographer of the Year (book)
"I believe a blade of grass is no less than the journey-work of the stars"