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Title: Outback Brumby
Author: Freeman, Paul (PHT)
Publisher: Bookazine Co
Publication Date: 2010/09/01
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Binding Type: HARDCOVER
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 186 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Freeman Publishing (September 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0980667518
  • ISBN-13: 978-0980667516
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10.8 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,001,060 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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33 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Nelson on September 2, 2010
Format: Hardcover
`Brumby' is the third book in Paul Freeman's Outback series, and it is arguably the best. The stunning cover model, (perhaps the hottest in any Freeman book) establishes the book's dominant theme - devastatingly handsome, naked men at one with nature. The breed of wild horse which provides the book's title may be taken as a metaphor for the subjects Paul portrays: raw, sweat drenched, powerful males captured in their uninhibited glory. The models are undoubtedly the most masculine yet contained in a Freeman work, hirsute, rugged and dynamic. Yet for all their machismo, there is a taste and intelligence which pervades `Brumby', so that while the photographs are intensely homoerotic, they never degenerate into the crude or sleazy, affects that can sometimes undermine other photographers' work when capturing the male nude. The models are also possibly the most diverse within any of the `Outback' books, and I found the models' personalities more clearly delineated than before. Certainly, the larrikinism characteristic of the traditional Aussie male is apparent throughout. It could be said that the intersection of masculinity, sexuality and horses so fascinatingly explored in Peter Shaffer's play Equus is revisited in `Brumby', transformed into the form of a photographic journey. Really, the work is one which can be enjoyed and examined on many different levels, though anyone who appreciates beautiful photography generally, or the male nude specifically, is strongly advised to obtain a copy. As someone who has been a massive fan of Paul Freeman's work for years, can I add that his books make absolutely THE best present for anyone outside of Australia interested in exploring the Australian male, and are guaranteed to make the sender extremely popular on birthdays and at Christmas! Totally recommended!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Baker on January 11, 2011
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I have the other books in this series and decided to add the latest book. This book is by far the best in the series. I love that a lot of pictures are of rugged outdoor type men. There is a lot of naked hairy men outside with the horses, their gear and in the barn. The men look very natural and relaxed. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves naked, hairy and great looking guys in natural settings. It is a fairly large book with black and white and color pictures. Most of the guys are nude, but not all of them are. It is a very sensual book, but very tastefully done.
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Paul Freeman's OUTBACK BRUMBY is for this viewer one of the most earthy and sensuous collections of photographs in the artist's long line of fine monographs. Perhaps much of the overall tenor of the book is defined in the title: as everyone knows, the 'Outback' is 'the vast, remote, arid area of Australia, although the term colloquially can refer to any lands outside the main urban areas. The term "the outback" is generally used to refer to locations that are comparatively more remote than those areas named "the bush".' A 'Brumby' is a feral horse, nearly untamable, and they brumbies populate the Outback. It is this message of the sense of the 'wild' that informs Freeman's photographs in this stunning volume.

The images are in black and white, color and toned format, most occupying the full pages of this very-large scale book. Using natural light and not staging setups allows Freeman to capture the spontaneity these images suggest. These are magnificently developed men in the raw - all with carved, muscular bodies without the posing stigma that too often accompanies photographs of men who know they are enviably endowed. Freeman's men are raw - some in tore pants, some in undershirts, or with hats, many are completely and very comfortably nude. The presence of horses is evident in many of the images - either men are tending to or riding astride or currying or grooming them. The feeling throughout this book of magnificent images is one of joie de vivre, as though these men in the Outback would not trade a moment of this time they enjoy each other or just themselves for all the urban activities far away from them. Freeman seems to have arrived at a level of comfort where the men he focuses through his lens are far more comfortable with nudity, and perhaps that is also part of the freedom of being in the wild. This is another fine volume by Paul Freeman, and he never seems to repeat himself. Highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 10
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Eduardo E. on October 4, 2011
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This is yet another great book by Paul Freeman. A large size hardbound book with dust jacket. Wonderful B&W and sepia tone pictures. The cover model appears in many of them in all his glory and he is gorgeous. Hairy natural men, fit but not muscular. Paul Freeman uses handsome men who look real, and for me that is the main difference compared to other photographers.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grant Richards on January 22, 2013
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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! The men are natural, not posed-looking and don't necessarily look like "models." They are not clean-shaven and all of the same size. I have now bought every one of his books and I can't recommend this book (or his others) more. THE best male photography book on the market!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By AlexsDad on January 9, 2013
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Paul Freeman is an extraordinary photographic artist. He has a great for the masculine beauty of the "real man," the rugged man. The models are in great shape but are not twinks. The men are hot, virile, ballsy and hunky. Paul uses light effectively. The men are all bare-balled, but the photos are not about exploitation. The photos celebrate the gorgeousness of the naked male body.
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