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Wilder Mann: The Image Of The Savage Hardcover – 12 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Charles Freger (b. 1975, Bourges, France) is recognised as one of Europe's leading young photographers. Based in Paris, his work has been devoted almost exclusively to portraiture, particularly the study of groups in uniform or costume. Freger is co-founder of the international group of artists POC (Piece of Cake).
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It is such traditions that Charles Freger seeks to celebrate in this book. Strikingly, he plucks these figures from their usual context (carnivals, processions, the clamour of collective ritual) and shows them solitary or in small groups with their "habitat" (mountains, fields, etc) as background.
Concise notes go some way to "explain" these wild men and boys who have survived in the face of urbanisation and mass culture. And I do mean "concise"; this book isn't aiming to provide a deep anthropological analysis. What it does, it does really well. It's also very enjoyable.
I say that as a collector of art/architecture books. this really stood out to me. Freger's photographs of the savage costumes of europe are very clear and inspiring. I find myself thinking "hmm well maybe alexander macqueen wasn't so radical..." some of the costumes look like catwalk concepts rather than traditional ritual garments, some are cute, some frightening and some may seem a bit silly.
text is quite minimal and introduces the principle of each costume, this isn't a problem since it's the images i want to pore over. mythology can be dealt with in countless mythology books, but books like this a rare gems of publishing.
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