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  1. AAM AASTHA : Indian devotions

    Fréger, Charles
    London ; New York, NY : Thames and Hudson, 2023

    A festival of Indian folk rituals and costumes bursting with colour, captured by renowned photographer Charles Fréger, the creator of a distinctive and powerful new genre of portrait photography.0 0Internationally renowned photographer Charles Fréger continues to explore global traditions and cultures, by celebrating the powerful visual aspects of Indian folk culture and religious ritual. India is the home to a myriad of local traditions, legends and religions, each with their own festivals, rites and rituals. Celebrations burst with vivid colours and often wildly exuberant costumes, some representing gods and goddesses, others legendary heroes from Sanskrit epics such as the Mahabharata and the Ramayana.0 0 In Charles Fréger?s photographs, those who honour local cultural traditions are represented in single or group portraits, represented against carefully chosen landscapes and backdrops, from the heart of festivals and celebrations. Fréger?s unmistakable style of portraiture allows us to admire the complexity of their adornments ? masks and headdresses, costumes and body paint ? and to consider the abundance of imagination that expresses India?s countless stories and characters, both human and divine.0 0This spectacular gathering of warrior figures, deities, musicians, tigers, mahouts, epic characters and their avatars is accompanied by texts setting the huge variety of eclectic costumes in context, and describing the local festivals and rituals. This compelling sequence of new portraits will enthral those with an interest in folk traditions, as well as the followers of this internationally acclaimed photographer.00French edition published by Actes Sud, ISBN 9782330175146, original title 'Aam Aastha - Incarnations et divinités en Inde'

  2. Cimarron : freedom and masquerade

    Fréger, Charles
    London : Thames & Hudson, 2019.

    All across the Americas, from the 16th century onwards, enslaved Africans escaped their captors and struck out on their own. These runaways, having found their freedom, established their own communities or joined with indigenous peoples to forge new identities. Cimarron, borrowing a Spanish-American term for these fugitive former slaves, is a new series of photographic portraits of their descendants. From Brazil, Colombia, the Caribbean islands and Central America, as far as the southern United States, elaborate masquerades are staged that celebrate and keep alive the history and memory of African slaves and their creole or mixed-race descendants. Stock characters are portrayed in costume, or in grotesque or satirical representations. A huge variety of African tribal dress, wild ritual regalia and shimmering Mardi Gras outfits feature in breathtaking succession. Vividly coloured silks and cottons combine with woven fibres, leaves, feathers, and bodypaint; props include emblems of slavery and slavemasters - ropes, sticks, guns and machetes. These photographs record real people whose collective sense of memory, folk history and imagination dramatically challenges our expectations. Charles Freger's work has established a large and growing following among connoisseurs of contemporary photography, defining a new genre of documentary portraiture that extends and deepens our sense of the human past and the present.

  3. Portraits in lace : Breton Women

    Fréger, Charles
    London : Thames & Hudson Ltd., 2015.

    Charles Freger has photographed a series of portraits of Breton women of every generation from every region, wearing costumes and headdresses of endless variety: from high starched towers to elaborately pinned, tucked and embroidered confections of handmade lace, as delicate as they are distinctive. Marie Darrieussecq, winner of the Prix Medicis and twice nominated for the Prix Goncourt, has contributed a foreword. Some fifty headdresses are introduced and described in a separate reference section, accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations. Charles Fregers exceptional photographs demonstrate a wealth of pride, ingenuity and personal expression that make this book uniquely compelling.

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