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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Paul Freeman Publishing; First Edition edition (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 097514393X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975143933
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 10.6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #527,973 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE best male photography book on the market!
Grant Richards
Most surprsisingly, Mr Freeman has captured the arid outback landscape as superbly as he captured cosmopolitan, urban Bondi.
Andrew Nelson
A dear fiend of mine in Austria sent me my first Paul Freeman book, HEROICS for my birthday this past January.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 15, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Paul Freeman's gifts as a photographer have been seen in many books - this is his fifth solo monograph and he is also featured in other well known books of photography - and yet this particular book, OUTBACK, marks a new standard of excellence for Freeman's talent. In a brief but as usual insightful introductory comment by expert David Leddick, the purpose of this large collection is lauded: according to Leddick, Paul Freeman has taken the usual approach to capturing the male nude from that of semi-artificial 'shaved and polished' tropes in studio settings or squeaky clean environments to the other end of the spectrum. That is, Freeman has concentrated on the personalities of men at work and men as men and has found the perfect setting for capturing this new look - the Australian Outback. While this book continues to celebrate the beauty of the male form, it also steps into the poetic arena of sharing the day to day lives of men isolated from society in general, men performing acts of tending the land and the flora and fauna of the vast reaches of raw Australia. And in keeping with this approach Freeman begins his survey with his very fine poem about the pioneer like atmosphere of the scantily inhabited setting he has chosen to present his special images of men at work.

Does this change of emphasis away from the dramatically lighted oiled and shaved muscle men and toward the casual view of scruffy men at work and relaxation on ranches work? Absolutely! In OUTBACK Freeman's skill has allowed the viewer to observe men as men - at work and at play - all in the setting of the spectacular beauty of Australia's 'last frontier'.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Nelson on December 27, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Following publication of Bondi Road, I wondered what aspect of Bondi life Paul would capture next; I could not have been more surprised when Outback appeared in Sydney bookstores. The book marked a 360 degree turn in setting and context, and could not be more different from the Bondi series. Most surprsisingly, Mr Freeman has captured the arid outback landscape as superbly as he captured cosmopolitan, urban Bondi. I don't think the native Australian landscape has ever been photographed more beautifully. Of course, when the focal point of the photographs are beautiful, fully naked men, the landscape does not necessarily occupy the reader's undivided attention! Mr Freeman has introduced a new collection of male subjects in Outback and all are stunning. There is a strength and confidence in these subjects that exceeds even those in the Bondi books, as if they are products of the uncompromising environment they inhabit. I am hoping that Outback marks the beginning of a long and enriching photographic journey through the Australian landscape and cannot wait to collect other books in the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By dboyce on May 27, 2011
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Paul Freeman creates unique masculine worlds with each book. Not merely a collection of photographs, each book is a conceptual whole, featuring fresh-faced men who appear unaware of their own beauty, but fully engage with Freeman to offer themselves to his eye. I have nothing against books of beautiful photographs of beautiful men, but these books of Freeman's go beyond that usual format. At the close of each book, one feels there has been a real adventure with real men. Exciting and very sarisfying. Exceptional work.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Emmanuel Paysan on August 26, 2009
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I simply can't get enough of the magnificent Outback book and simply wanted to proclaim about this fascination I have with the work! It is by far the most beautiful book I have ever opened! The guys are simply stunning dead gorgeous-nothing less-and so "natural" that you are just in total awe .And the background is also magnificent. Its simply out of this world, the photography is outstanding , the whole setting unique. This is the 1st time I write about such a publication and Paul deserves all the praise of the world. I keep it open on my desk at home at all times, moving from one set to another but always with the same delight (and often with a swelling in the right place !) How on earth could one find such beauties like the one on the cover ???? Amazing ... and so different from what we see in other books and magazines .I am kind of drooling with anticipation for the next one but at the same time I keep saying " How could he do better than this one???" To me it is "the reference" and the standard for all male nude photography to aspire to.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By JOHN on October 5, 2009
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If you are looking for a collection of stunningly beautiful photographs of men that move you and take you on a story-telling journey , and not just a bunch of pics of `hot' guys in samey poses, what better way to celebrate photographer Paul Freeman's self- publishing business turning five, than with a sixth book of his work - Outback Currawong Creek.

With 240 art photographs of male nudes and portraits on 200 luxuriously large format art stock pages, this beautifully bound and dust-jacketed book continues Freeman's photographic story of hardworking and intimate male camaraderie in the Australian rural heartland. Look for printandsound in the more buying choices icon under new. While supplies last.
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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.
Please go to paulfreeman.com.au for more information.

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