In a few words
| My name is Patrick Dieudonné, I am a freelance professional photographer living in Lorraine, France. Formerly french teacher in high school.
My first photographic love story was with birds: I have travelled extensively in Europe and Africa to photograph nature and birds and follow them on their migration routes."Oiseaux du Nord" was my first big photo exhibition, held at Montier en Der international festival in 1999, Abbeville festival in 2000, and Nancy City Hall, Lorraine.
A first trip to Shetland in 1998 (mainly for bird photography) opened my eyes to the world of landscape photography in medium and large format. Many trips to Scotland, Shetland, Ireland, Italy, England, Greece, France, Africa (Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Oman) followed, and landscape and travel photography became progressively dominant over nature photography, with the aim of producing pictures of suffficient high quality to be accepted in major stock agencies. Medium and large format have changed my photography towards a more patient and reflexive approach, and developed also my technical skills.
By the way, for those interested, I use a wide range of digital and film cameras: Nikon, Pentax and Mamiya medium format, Fuji GX 617 panoramic (90, 180, 300 mm) and an Ebony 4x5 large format camera. My lenses go from 14 mm to 500 mm (Nikon, Pentax, Mamiya, Fuji, Schneider). Technical challenges and diverse cameras are among the joys of photography to me and I hope film (and particularly Velvia, this beautiful "velvet media") will survive the trend towards an all-digital world.
In 2003, after a long trip in southern Africa, I put my previous job aside to try the adventure of professional photography. I wrote a little for magazines, got into some of the best international photo agencies (see below), and held other exhibitions at Montier en Der in 2005 ("Scotland, de Roc et de Vent") and 2006 ("Vallées de Marne, Vallées de Vie" - on behalf of Agence de l'Eau Seine-Normandie. In 2009 and 2010, I worked as a guide and photo tutor for the french agency Aguila, leader in its sector, in three European countries: Scotland, Iceland, Italy (in addition to my personal work as a freelance photographer). An experience of sharing and camaraderie I enjoyed very much. This year I am planning to offer my own courses and photo trips in France and Europe. Watch out the dedicated section of the website for more info soon.
My images are distributed worldwide by three major picture libraries, Robert Harding World Imagery, the travel specialist library, London (please type 770 in the search box to see my images), Alamy and Getty Images (USA, the world's leading agency). Pictures are also available in prints or posters at art.com or allposters.fr.
All images present in my gallery are available for licensing and art prints at very affordable prices.
A few images of Tuscany distrubuted by Robert Harding World Imagery, London
Awards and exhibitions
Several awards from the Fédération Photographique de France and from the FIAP (Fédération Internationale d'Art Photographique), awards in Abbeville and Montier nature festivals from 1999 to 2003. Three exhibitions at Montier en Der, the well-known nature festival (1999, 2005, 2006). For several years I no longer submit images to photo contests. That is probably a mistake, because an award is always a welcome spotlight, but I am rather struggling to find time to manage all the rest, so..
In France, institutional clients such as Agence de l'Eau (Water Agency) Seine-Normandie, Rhine-Meuse Water Agency, Veolia, DREAL Lorraine (book Natura 2000 in Lorraine, to be published soon), etc., as well as magazines and books, travel guides and newspapers (Gallimard, Le Figaro, L'Express, etc.), occasionally. But most of my publications is abroad (I am not distributed directly by the French agencies)
Abroad, many publications in major magazines and newspapers (Times, the Guardian, National Geographic, etc.), book covers, calendars and posters, brochures for travel and transport companies (Northlink Ferries, Smyril Line , Scotland Tourism, etc.)