Birgit Freybe Bateman 2016

Besides many gallery shows, Birgit Freybe Bateman has had several museum exhibits in North America. But the most prestigious exhibit of her career opened at the Stroganov Palace in St. Petersburg under the auspices of the State Russian Museum on June 1, 2011, was slated to run for 3 months, but was extended to 4 months due to the high interest.

Through her photography Birgit Freybe Bateman examines themes of colors and textures, the world around us and its patterns, people in their environment and the contrasts between man-made objects and nature. Her images reveal her delight in all she sees around her and an intense observation of detail. The description “nothing escapes her notice” is most apt for her work.


These diverse images exemplify how all aspects of my life are “grist for the mill”.  To quote American author, Willa Cather 1873-1947, who wrote in The Song of the Lark:

“What is any art but an effort to make a sheath, a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining, elusive element which is life itself – life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose?”                Willa Cather