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Bondi Work Hardcover – October 1, 2006

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Paul Freeman, the leading photographer for the Australian magazine Blue, also penned the biography of out Aussie footballer Ian Roberts, (Random House 1997). He is an international award winning photographer for his advertising campaigns and portrait photography, and is exhibited regularly in his home country Australia.

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Product Details

  • Series: Bondi (Book 3)
  • Hardcover: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Freeman Publishing (October 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0646462105
  • ISBN-13: 978-0646462103
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 9.5 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #615,861 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Best known for his series of photographic monographs on the nude male, Paul Freeman's nude portraits of sports stars, Olympians and actors appeared between 1995 and 2005 in Studio Magazines' '(not only) Black And White', '(not only) Sport' and 'Blue', and in their books The Sydney Dream (2000), 'The Athen's Dream' (2004), and 'Sportbook' (2003)
In 1996 Paul wrote the best-selling biography of footballer Ian Roberts, ('Ian Roberts: Finding Out', Random House 1997).
His first monograph, 'Bondi Classic', was published to critical acclaim in 2003, and was followed by 'Bondi Urban' (2005), 'Bondi Work' (2006) and 'Bondi Road' (2007). This best-selling series, which takes its' name from Sydney's most iconic suburban beach, observes the contemporary young Australian urban male at home, at work and at play.
Equally successful has been Paul's Outback series, which uses the Australian bush and its' changing moods to explore Paul's male aesthetic, and to style and weather his subjects, varying thematic focus in each of 'Outback' ( 2008) ,' Outback Currawong Creek' (2009) , 'Outback Brumby' (2010), and 'Outback Bushmen' (2012).' Outback Dusk' has just been released.
His 2011 and 2013 books 'Heroics' and' Heroics II' are an exploration of the neo-classic nude male referencing sculpture and painting in Western European art, and even surrealist film interpretations. This work comments on attitudes to the naked male in public and art by juxtaposing our collective artistic heritage with contemporary reality and male physiques.
Many of Paul's books are available from Amazon.
Paul has made his mark in fashion and advertising, with international awards, from Cannes Lions to Clios, to his name.
He has a university degree in Arts, and studied photography at the Australian Centre For Photography in Sydney.
The New York Times art critic Robert Hughes' featured Paul's work in his 2000 documentary series Australia: Beyond The Fatal Shore.
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By M. B. Whitacre on January 9, 2007
Format: Hardcover
It's everything you could want in a photo book on the male subject: Great lighting, hot guys and LOTS of tasteful frontal nudity. Bruce Weber WHO?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shane Wilson on May 12, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I am familar with Bondi's work, but I felt that this edition was by far his best work to date. Beautiful black and white picture of men set in work situations. I highly recommend this book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 6, 2008
Format: Hardcover
According to Wikipedia, 'Bondi is an eastern suburb of Sydney, in the state of New South Wales, Australia', but to photographer/artist Paul Freeman, Bondi is a resource for the models of his highly successful series of 'Bondi' male photography books. This volume, BONDI WORK' is, for this viewer, the finest of the series. Combining full page bleed color photographs with equally sophisticated black and white images, and interspersing these dramatic compositions with occasional two page spreads of snapshot size images that often create 'stories' simply by their placement on the page, makes for a large scale survey of the amazing Australian models Freeman finds and captures for us.

The theme here is 'work' and the settings are all in the various factories and workplaces in Bondi. The men are buff, but not distortedly so, and are presented both au natural and in elements of work clothing. For the most part these models appear very natural: no body shaving here, no need for oils and accoutrements - these are men in the raw, and enjoying themselves. The work theme matches the characters in this portfolio as these men all appear to be naturally buff from labor in the workplace (as well as the gym).

Freeman includes full frontal (and rear) nudity but only incidentally. This is not a collection of aroused models but rather a collection of men who can arouse the viewer merely by the gifts they possess! This is a fine collection for a very large audience. Not only are the models well chosen and well placed, but the photographs are also very high quality in composition and lighting and choice of setting. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, January 08
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G on December 11, 2012
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I now own the entire 'Bondi' series and 'Outback' series. Bondi Work is my favourite so far!
The men are rugged, muscular, physical 'imperfections' (hardly an appropriate term but I can't think of another) still visible. There are a number of posed shots, but a decent selection where the men seem to interact with themselves, each other, and their environment. They are seen in various states of undress, including full nudes.

The men are not stylised or manscaped - they demonstrate the beauty of their entire bodies in its raw and natural state.

It doesn't hurt that one of my all time favourite images comes from this book!

The book is erotic but not explicitly sexualised, the photos artistic and never pornographic. A PERFECT coffee table book.

Just note that it can be hard to get your hands on - I tried other retailers before amazon but they all said they had to order it in from other locations.

There are so many photographers around but I must admit that I have a soft spot for Mr Freeman.

Another great collection, my favourite to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By BOYWAY on April 20, 2008
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Who would have ever predicted that the beginning of the 21 century would be over saturated with glossy, hard cover, expensively produced books on the subject of male physical appeal.
UNfortunately,95 percent of the wet-dream books are silly,ridiculously self-conscious, theatrically staged attempts at erotica with pouty male models & eager to cash-in cameraqueers referencing female pinup poses and attitudes more than anything else. Both Betty Page and Marilyn Monroe were queens of the erotic pose, but men should never mimic them. The vast majority of the books also look like it were shot by the same cameracrew and staged by the same stylist. One body type, one facial structure, 2 maybe 3 basic poses. Very mind numbingly unimaginative.
But once in a great, long, while, a book of man-pics comes along that successfully creates a sexy, fantasy universe populated by attractive men going about the daily job of just being masculine (in the blue collar sense). Casting the subjects is the most important (after two decades of obvious,gay-icon types they are, naturally, no longer sexy) followed by the unwavering (butch)taste of the photographer.Although the images are staged (as opposed to documentary),there's a ease and a naturalness about the images that's refreshingly attractive. The use of natural light, butch/gritty locations, the relaxed facial expressions (instead of forced seductive cliche' stare-downs) to and the UN-beefcake poses work well. I can only imagine what these books have done for Bondi-eye-candy-tourism in Australia.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. Collins on March 27, 2012
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Paul Freeman's compositions of nude men in abandoned warehouses and industrial spaces is very well done. The nude figure contrasts with the world of metal and manufacturing nicely. Freeman's title comes from the suburb of Sidney where Paul Freeman located models and also conducts some shoots. The use of both color and black and white photography is employed almost to similar effect since the color photographs have muted skin tones against steel grays and iron rust colors found in industrial settings.

The models are young muscular fellows and the book includes men of color as well as white men. Some of the poses imply men dressing or undressing for the work day or taking showers at the end of the work day. Many of the fellows are hairy or dirty which works perfectly well with the theme Freeman establishes in the book.
The poses are not pornographic but are more natural relaxed photographs. The layout of the book allows for full page images repeatedly with other pages showing groupings of multiple smaller images. He is an accomplished photographer and the models are beautiful in this industrial setting.
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