- Hardcover: 192 pages
- Publisher: Paul Freeman Publishing (September 30, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0980667526
- ISBN-13: 978-0980667523
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 10.5 x 0.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.9 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,297,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Heroics Hardcover – September 30, 2011
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More About the Author
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.
Please go to paulfreeman.com.au for more information.
Top Customer Reviews
Given the increasingly conservative tenor in Australian popular culture, it is entirely appropriate that his latest work should be titled 'Heroics' as Paul Freeman is one of the few artists courageous, dare I say heroic? - enough to present the male form uncompromisingly naked. No coy side on poses, or strategically placed hands in this photographic collection, no waxed / trimmed / plucked torsos; rather, a sensuous celebration of masculine beauty. Thematically, the book recalls earlier periods in history when the male form was valorised - as in the Roman times of gladiators depicted on the book's cover - and where there was nothing shameful or embarrassing about male nudity.
I was somewhat ambivalent when I heard about the release of the first Outback book several years, as I so loved the five Bondi books and believed they could not be topped. However, the Outback series actually surpassed the Bondi series in my view, elevating Paul's photography to an even higher level artistically. While it is too early to make predictions about where the Heroics series might lead, I must say it is a stunning beginning.
Stylistically, Heroics is very different to the Bondi and Outback series. The Australian landscape is no longer central to the work, and there is a universality underpinning the photographs.Read more ›
No real erotic picture
Good photo quality
Good looking models
the background seems thoughtlessly incorporated
I was more expecting images of battle warrior frame shots or guys with different armory at different settings that suits their armor...and not a guy with a huge helmet wearing a pair of socks sitting on top of a toilet trying to look sexy
Makes the photographer almost seems like an amateur
If you just want to see cute face hot guys this book is okay
if you want actions there will be none
if you want actually reference for warriors there really is none either so...
Continuing the same exceptionally high quality of photographic art - black and white, duotone, full color, and color tinted images, with the most sophisticated lighting effects available and a top sense of composition - this book places his models in the uniforms and attitudes of European historical concepts of the Hero. His basically nude models are adorned with swords, shields, armor, hairpieces, and an array of dazzling uniforms from many countries and many periods and from his matrix he recreates the 'old concept' of heroism. Many of the images are tongue in cheek - gladiators posing in front of a kitchen sink, men alone and together with allusions to great warriors from Greek legend and Roman times, men reenacting famous sculptures. Theses images may contain humor and parody, but they still retain Freeman's ability to find that special macho alluring sensuality that is his trademark.
An aspect that makes these images so refreshingly new from his other work is his use of color on otherwise monochromatic photographs. The artist in him flows freely and that aspect we hope to see more often.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I'm all about a hot masculine warrior themed book like this but the price is ridiculous.Published 4 months ago by Vincent Stephens
The cover looks exciting but the contents are disappointing. The concept implies intense heroic fighting to the death. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Mark
Stunning Male Imagery. The models are gorgeous of face and body and the costuming very "behind the scenes" of that's how it could have been... Read morePublished on January 25, 2014 by HECTOR AMEZQUITA
The book arrived in excellent condition and when it was suppose to. The templates in black and white and in color are excellent. I have really been very happy with it.Published on January 30, 2013 by Glenn Younger
This book is simply amazing! I hadn't know of Paul Freeman's work until just recently and now I am a huge fan. This is male photography at its best! Read morePublished on January 22, 2013 by Grant Richards
The pictures are beautiful and contain content that spotlights heroic figures as well as photos that do as much while blending the historical costumes and modern scenes. Read morePublished on August 28, 2012 by saffronstudios
HEROICS exceeded my every expectation.
This is not the picture version of your
9th grade Latin textbook. Read more