Stuart Freedman was born in London and has been a photographer since 1991. His work has been published in, amongst others, Life, Geo, Time, Der Spiegel, Newsweek, The Sunday Times Magazine and Paris Match covering stories from Albania to Afghanistan and from former Yugoslavia to Haiti.

His work has been recognised in many awards including those from Amnesty International (twice), Pictures of the Year, The World Sports Photo Award, The Royal Photographic Society, The Association of Photographers (AoP) and UNICEF. In 1998 he was selected for the World Press Masterclass and the following year for the Agfa Young Photojournalist of the Year.

In 1999 he was invited to speak on Capitol Hill in the USA about the atrocities in Sierra Leone where his initial work on the Mutilated premiered. In 2004 he addressed the Oxford Union about the continued suffering of that country.

His work has been exhibited widely. Solo shows include Visa Pour L'Image at Perpignan, The Scoop Festival in Anjou, The Leica Gallery in Germany, The Foire du Livre (Brussels), The Museum of Ethnography (Stockholm), Bikaner House in New Delhi, The Association and the Spitz Galleries in London. His work on HIV/AIDS in Rwanda and from post-conflict South of Lebanon have toured extensively internationally.

He regularly judges awards and has twice been a judge for the Amnesty Media Awards. He has guest lectured to students in schools across the UK at amongst others, Swansea Metropolitan University, Falmouth University, Regents University and The London College of Communication (LCC). In addition he has written (and taught) the Photojournalism module for the Visual Journalism MA at Nottingham Trent University. He has a PhD (history) and holds a post-graduate certificate in Higher Education. He is an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

In 2016, his book, The Palaces of Memory was a finalist at POYi for Best Photography Book of the Year and was chosen for The  American Photography Annual (AI-AP).

He continues to write and photograph for a variety of editorial and commercial clients and is a member of Panos Pictures in London and is represented by Tasveer Gallery in India.