Christian was born in Fond du Lac, Wisconsin and lives in New York City. His conceptually grounded, narratively driven, visually layered work has been described as novelistic, subjective documentary of the historical past, and often deals with themes of the archive, authorship, memory, place and time. Photography is consistently the heart of Patterson’s work, which also includes drawings, paintings, objects, video and sound. He is the author of three books, including the critically-acclaimed, award-winning Redheaded Peckerwood (2011, Recontres d’Arles Author Book Award) and Bottom of the Lake (2015, shortlist for ParisPhoto/Aperture Foundation Photobook of the Year). He is currently completing his largest project to date, Gong Co. Patterson is a Guggenheim Fellow (2013) and winner of the Grand Prix Images Vevey (2015). His work is in the collections of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) J. Paul Getty Museum, and National Gallery of Art, and his books have joined many public artist book collections. He has lectured, mentored and taught widely. He is represented by Rose Gallery, Santa Monica, USA and Robert Morat Galerie, Berlin, Germany.
- Visual Structure and the Well-Realized Photography Book