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The Photographer

In a few words

  My name is Patrick Dieudonné, I am a freelance professional photographer living in Lorraine, France. Formerly french literature 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 (or used) 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. I still use film from time to time but since I am also a photo tour leader, 99 p. cent of my photography now is digital. I use 2 or 3 different drones, and pro cameras from Nikon, at the moment Z8 and Z9 latest models, for landscapes and wildlife.

In 2003, after a long trip in southern Africa, I put my previous job aside to try the adventure of professional photography. I wrote for magazines, had the chance to see some of the best picture agencies accept my images, and held 3 more exhibitions at Montier en Der, the biggest nature festival in Europe, in 2005 ("Ecosse, de Roc et de Vent"), 2006 ("Vallées de Marne, Vallées de Vie" - on behalf of Agence de l'Eau Seine-Normandie), and 2016 (Forêts remarquables de Lorraine). From 2009, I started a new experience, working as photo tour leader for Aguila, first and foremost french photo travel agency (until 2017), in Scotland, Iceland, Italy (in addition to my personal work as a freelance photographer). A few years later (2012) I decided to start my own business in this sector, accompanied by french professional travel agencies. From 2009 on, I have guided more than a hundred photo tours in Europe (Scotland, Iceland, Norway, Bulgaria, Romania, Italy, Spain) and America (Guatemala).
Next step : 2024, with the launch of my own travel agency, ExpePhoto, and with a new website scheduled in the middle of 2024. In the meantime, please have a look at the workshop section of this website for photo tours this year.



International distribution

My images are distributed worldwide by a bunch of major picture libraries, among them GETTY IMAGES (USA, the world's leading agency), ROBERT HARDING (London, the travel specialist library), ALAMY. My pictures are also available in prints or posters from various reputed resellers.
All my images past and present are available for licensing and art prints at affordable prices.

Photos de Toscane, agence photo Robert Harding

A few images of Tuscany distributed 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. Four exhibitions at Montier en Der, the well-known nature festival (1999, 2005, 2006, 2016).


In France, institutional clients such as Agence de l'Eau (Water Agency) Seine-Normandie, Rhine-Meuse Water Agency, Veolia, etc., as well as magazines and books, travel guides and newspapers (Gallimard, Le Figaro, L'Express, etc.), occasionally. But most of my publications elsewhere (I am not distributed directly by french photo 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.)


National Geographic, Shetland Smyril Line, Iceland brochure Northlink ferries, Shetland

Examples of publications: National Geographic News (main photo), Smyril Line Iceland catalog (2 pages), Northlink ferries Shetland catalog (1 page, left).



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