Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Charlie Freeman

Thank you, Roderick Pena, for writing a beautiful memorial to our beloved Charlie Freeman:

Charlie Freeman: You Made a Difference

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009
It is with my saddest condolences that I write this note. Charlie Freeman, a highly respected photographer, instructor, husband, and friend, passed away this morning.

Charlie Freeman, however, was much more than all those things - he was a human being that cared about those around him. He made sure everyone received the knowledge, attention, care, and highest level of commitment that they deserved. He taught his students to become sensitive to one of the most powerful elements in photographs - light. And as Charlie moves on from this world, we are blessed to have been a part of his light, his vision, and his methodology of reaching the world around us and making a difference.

Those that knew Charlie will never forget him. His personality and attention to his profession will forever be unmatched. As the holidays progress, keep Charlie, his family, and his friends in your prayers. Although it is a time to mourn his passing, it is also a time to celebrate the gift of the time that we were able to spend with Charlie Freeman. No one can ever take that away from us. Charlie will forever live in our memories, in our hearts, and in our photographs. I know I am not alone when I say that Charlie provided one of the most powerful catalysts for my life and my photography. He continually and endlessly took that extra step needed to support his students and push us to better ourselves in as many ways as possible.

You made a difference Charlie. You touched the lives the people around you. You will not be forgotten. Thank you for everything that you have done and for everything you will continue to do as we grow and move forward. Go in peace and with the knowledge that you have been a positive impact in the lives of the people around you.

Roderick Peña


  1. Charlie a lot of people will miss you. Besides a friend who really listened, you were a tremendous mentor to many. I will always try to appreciate everyones individuality as you did, and never forget how to have a good honest laugh. Good memories my friend!

  2. I took a photography class from him around 10 years ago. He made a difference then and has continued to do so. Charlie, you will never be forgotten.

  3. He was by far the most knowledgeable teacher I've had at the Art Institute... R.I.P.!