Paul Freeman is one of the most admired photographers of his generation, an important and astute recorder of the contemporary male nude with a style that is undeniably his own. His latest book, Larrikin is over one hundred and eighty fine art nude photographic portraits of men captured in uniquely romanticised and rustic settings in Australia, Europe and America.
"This new book from the internationally renowned Australian photographer marks the launch of a new series following in the footsteps of Bondi, Heroics, and Outback. But Freeman has also brought this book to market in a new way, raising funds to publish it via Kickstarter and it has proven to be immensely successful for him. He raised more than $160 000 from more than 900 backers and these funds will allow Freeman to release not one, but two books in quick succession. A second book in this new series (Larrikin Yakka) is scheduled for release later in 2017. As it has been more than two years since his last book Outback Dusk was published, this is a great bonus for his fans.
Freeman explains that Larrikin, could have been called Outback Larrikin, since it has a similar theme to that series of books - ‘photographed in diverse, largely outdoor and rural locations’ in Australia. Whereas the second book Larrikin Yakka includes locations shot in Europe and North America. Larrikin also includes a written introduction by Freeman where he explains what a larrikin is - essential for his overseas fans who would probably be baffled by the term. But this essay also offers some personal insights exploring the origins of Freeman’s aesthetic, his childhood, early loves and influences."
Graeme Aitken, DNA Magazine
Hardback, 180 pages, Published February 2017.
Photographer: Paul Freeman