Fred Beutler has been a dedicated photographer since the age of seven. For fifteen years he was the Photographer for the Ann Arbor Civic Theatre; his photos appeared in posters, theater magazines, and newspapers. Fred is currently the Photographer for the Rotary Club of Ann Arbor, and has worked with other civic organizations.
After his retirement as Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Michigan, he completed courses at that University, Washtenaw Community College, and Eastern Michigan University. He recently participated in two National Geographic Photography Workshops. His achievements include a first prize in a national photographic contest sponsored by Nikon. He recently showed (and sold) his work in exhibitions in Birmingham, Livonia, Canton (Merit Award), University of Michigan--Dearborn (First Prize, Photography) and Dexter, and won twelve prizes as a professional in the Ann Arbor Camera Club. Together with his wife (an oil painter), he showed his work at the Ann Arbor Art Fair (Guild) for the last three years, and also marketed his photography in Birmingham and other local art fairs. More recently, he mounted solo exhibitions at the Ann Arbor District Library, Gallery 100 (Chelsea), the Ann Arbor City Club, Gallery 55), and the Jewish Community Center.
Fred lets intuition be his guide, recording those images that please him. These include landscapes, human interest scenes, portraits, humor, and textures and colors. His artistic vision is fundamentally painterly, as modified by the demands of the photographic process. Fred lets technology serve him, taking the same liberties as a painter might to modify the original photograph to produce his idea of reality.
All art works consist of photographs. These are archivally produced and mounted, and framed with non-glare glass.