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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'. These magnificent 'models' are seen shearing sheep, riding trucks, motorcycles, machines, tending horses, taking breaks from work in the barns, lying in the mud after rainfall, working the soil, and while we follow this group of men during the hours of toil Freeman invites us to gain acquaintance with the men, discovering personalities as well as complete views of the men both in work garb and in the buff. These a swarthy men, rarely shaved, at one with nature - a fact that makes them even more sensual in the natural flow of the environment, the weather, and the camaraderie of working and playing together.

Another aspect that makes this survey of the male is his sensitive use of color: sepia toning for the muddy scenes and careful use of development techniques add a timeless feeling to this superb collection. Yes, the photographs are in color, but in Freeman's artistic hands the colors are either muted or sensitized, depending on the atmosphere of the image. There is nothing that feels posed in these images of men: the works on every page give the sense of the photographer (and hence the viewer) as a welcome quiet observer of a very special collection of virile, highly sensuous men at one with nature. For this viewer this is the finest of Paul Freeman's books to date and one of the most unique and original monographs of the male nude yet published! Highly recommended for a very wide audience. Grady Harp, August 09
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on December 27, 2009
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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on January 22, 2013
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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on October 20, 2012
Gorgeous, Beautiful, Magnificent, Gorgeouse again. BEAUTIFUL on the inside. Period. You will stumble for the words as well once you open the pages of this outstanding work of art. Holey.......Bravo! The cover is just the appetizer.
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on May 27, 2011
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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on May 16, 2012
A dear fiend of mine in Austria sent me my first Paul Freeman book, HEROICS for my birthday this past January. I was so enthralled with the majesty of this artist's work that I have since bought EVERY book he has done to date!!! From the Bondi series to the Outback collection, they are all breathtaking! OUTBACK contains the finest, most erotically charged photographs of REAL MEN that you will ever encounter. You must see it to fully comprehend the quality which the book offers. Beautiful art stock pages, gorgeous binding and elegant dust jacket all serve to complement the unbelievably superb photographs!!! The newest publication, HEROICS is very different in that it places its gorgeous males in period costumes from the Roman era to Napoleon and on. There are more than enough full frontal nudes for everyone but the thing which is so arousing about these photos is the unique artistry that Mr. Freeman imparts to each and every subject. The men are almost other worldly in their beauty and Paul Freeman puts them over the top. If you ever buy any more male nude photography art books, you MUST buy these to say you own the VERY FINEST!!!!!!!
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on October 5, 2009
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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on December 28, 2012
I highly recommend this book to those who appreciate beautifully handsome men beautifully photographed in the nude. The featured men are real, beefy guys. There are no twinks here. I enjoy artistic photographs that celebrate the masculine form. All of the models are attractive. Some are featured provocatively posed so that only pubic hair or "side butt" is visible. Others feature men baring their penises, flaccid and erect, and balls. Any Bondi book that is produced, I intend to purchase.
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on August 26, 2009
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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on February 17, 2014
Totally hot. Very nice coffee table book and pairs well with our Big Penis Book. I love how big the photos are.
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