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Heroics Hardcover – September 30, 2011

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Product Details

  • 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)

More About the Author

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.
Please go to paulfreeman.com.au for more information.

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The male form in all its splendour has been all but obliterated from Australian popular culture. Australian films in the 1970s for instance, could show full male nudity, but 40 years later, this is almost impossible. Plays performed in Sydney frequently have nudity removed, and literature once deemed suitable for study in schools that contained nudity such as Equus have long since been banished from reading lists.

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.
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The photos inside are just the same 10-12 models dressed in half uniform matters
No real erotic picture
Good photo quality
Good looking models
Repetitive pose
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...
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Paul Freeman always takes his large following of admirers of his photographic artistry on an experience with every new book he publishes. With a reputation for finding the finest models in Australia to appear in his previous volumes of the outback in Australia (Outback, Outback Currawong Creek, Outback Brumby, Bondi Classic, Bondi Urban, Bondi Work, Bondi Road) the reader expects to see stunningly handsome hunks on the pages of his monographs. But this new book, HEROICS, is a different step for Freeman.

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.
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I must admit to a HIGH level of prejudice where this artist is concerned and I make no apologies for it. Paul Freeman's name was unknown to me until January 2012 when a dear friend of mine in Austria sent me this work as a gift for my birthday. Now I own EVERY volume of his artwork. The man has NO equal in male nude art photography. His models are the most beautiful, rugged MEN on the planet and Paul's genius is finding them and placing them in front of his lens. His work draws the viewer into his world and makes us part of that world. Heroics is a departure from Freeman's previous works like the Bondi series or the Outback series. Heroics takes his models and stages them in period costume from Roman times to Napoleonic. These photographs are unbelievable--NEVER contrived. Although different from his other work, it is definitely Freeman. The cover photograph is indicative of what's inside, but many surprises await the viewer!! This volume contains some of Freeman's most beautiful, hairy, rugged men to date and many of the photographs are full frontal and erect. You won't be disappointed with the variety of the men nor the inclusion of the abundant frontal shots. But rest assured; Freeman's art is never pornographic, but it is erotic. If you never own but one male nude art photographer's work then it should be Paul Freeman's. I regard his art so highly, that I purchased this book as a gift for the same friend who gave it to me over a year ago!!! You can't get a better endorsement than that!!! I didn't give this book 5 STARS for nothing. It is a piece of photographic genius with a magic all its own. If you own just one of his volumes, you will purchase them all. He is just that great--ENJOY!!!
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