His new book Larrikin continues Paul Freeman's lauded photographic journey, with a signature array of enthralling and sensual art nude stories of men in gritty and evocative landscapes.
Having established himself at the pinnacle of his craft, not only as a photographer, but as a visual poet and artist, Freeman’s gift is to find and eulogize the spirit of a rugged yet sensitive male beauty, unashamedly. From the quality of the compositions and the lighting through to the texture of the locations, his collections set a tone of sophisticated rawness and originality rarely achieved in books of the male nude.
Freeman grew up in Tasmania, the small island state of Australia and moved to Sydney in his early twenties. After graduating from university with a degree in English Literature and History , he moved to Sydney to study and pursue acting, before taking up photography at the Australian Centre For Photography.
His nude portraits of sports stars and actors began appearing in the prestigious Black And White Magazine and intheir sister publications, Sport and Blue, and in the magazines special Olympic book editions The Sydney Dream (2000), The Athens Dream (2004)
He wrote the best-selling biography of Australian footballer Ian Roberts, (Ian Roberts: Finding Out, published by Random House in 1997).
His first book of art nude portraits, Bondi Classic, was published to critical acclaim in 2003, and a best-selling series of Bondi books followed.
His 2011 and 2013 books Heroics and Heroics II are an exploration of the nude male from a neo-classic standpoint, and reference sculpture and painting in Western European art, from the Renaissance onwards. This series questions contemporary attitudes to the naked male in life and art by juxtaposing it with our collective artistic heritage.
Most successful has been Paul's Outback series, in which he uses the Australian bush and its’ changing moods to explore his male aesthetic, and to style and weather his subjects. Each book shifts to focus on a different element of this theme from Outback ( 2008) , Outback Currawong Creek (2009) , Outback Brumby (2010), and Outback Bushmen (2012) through to Outback Dusk, released in September 2014.
Paul has made his mark in fashion and advertising, with campaigns for major fashion labels and brands, with international awards from Cannes Lions to Clios, to his name.
The New York Times art critic Robert Hughes’ featured Paul’s work in his 2000 documentary series Australia: Beyond The Fatal Shore.
Critics and Reviews
“He is one of the most admired photographers of his generation, an important and astute recorder of the contemporary male nude image with a style that is undeniably his own. With over half a dozen critically acclaimed and beautifully appointed monographs to his credit, Paul Freeman’s stunning, erudite images of virile, rugged men working and playing in the Australian outback have come to occupy an iconic, cult-like reverence in the collective consciousness of the men and women who follow his work and collect his books.” LUSH LIFE Magazine, July 2012
“The power, the honesty, and the completely unselfconscious energy in Paul Freeman’s nudes sets them apart from the crowd. I recognise in his work those deep currents of passion that allow for an unfettered exploration of human physicality and sexuality. Very few photographers can hold my attention the way Paul Freeman does and I count him among my most significant contemporary influences.” - Tom Clark in the introduction to his book STORYTIME
“Paul Freeman is tremendously influential as an artist and despite his fame and acclaim, I believe his overall importance as a contemporary photographer has yet to be fully realized. There is a timeless beauty and energy and authenticy to his work I truly love and admire and relate to . The power of his photographs have less to do with the physical beauty and/or sexuality of the men pictured and more with where they take me. It’s like traveling. Paul’s images conjure up a very specific feeling for me. They capture a moment, a way of life… in a very tangible way. ” (Sophia Renee , photographer, writer)
“He’s brought us a new and exciting view of the male and the masculine…about individuality, personality, reality.” ( David Leddick, author of THE MALE NUDE)
“Paul Freeman creates unique masculine worlds with each book. Not merely a collection of photographs, each book is a conceptual whole, featuring men who appear unaware of their own beauty, but fully engage with Freeman to offer themselves to his eye. .. At the close of each book, one feels there has been a real adventure with real men. Exciting and very satisfying. Exceptional work.” (David Boyce, arts writer THE STANDARD-TIMES)
“I continue to be inspired by Paul Freemans work. Every time I sit down to look at his images I’m immediately pulled into a place that I really love to be. His work moves me and inspires me and has been in my consciousness since he first started publishing and making waves on the international scene” ( Tom Clark)