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Freger, Charles (Photographer) & Boyer, Charles-Arthur (Contributor). BLEUS DE TRAVAIL: PORTRAITS PHOTOGRAPHIQUES ET UNIFORMES ("OVERALLS: PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAITS AND UNIFORMS") . Liege, Belgium: POC Editions, 2003. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 120 pages. As New.

Collection of color portrait-photographs. One of the most important titles in the iconic series of "Portraits Photographiques et Uniformes". The First Edition. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only. The First Edition is now rare. A brilliant production by Charles Freger: Oversize-volume format. Pictorial softcovers with titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Charles Freger. Text by Charles-Arthur Boyer in the French original and felicitous English translation. Printed on pristine-white, thick coated stock paper in Liege, Belgium to the highest standards. The reproduction quality is exquisite in its clarity, tonal range, and attention to detail. Without DJ, as issued. Presents Charles Freger's "Bleus De Travail". Seminal portraits of mostly young men in worker's "blue-collar" overalls. "Since 1999, Charles Freger has been photographing his contemporaries in the midst of their adoptive tribes. Placed before a neutral background, facing the lens, the model, wearing his or her uniform, poses within their own environment, but remains separate from the surroundings and its activities. Far from seeking an archetypal portrait of the subject at work, the photographer prises open a seam, the fleeting moment where the individual oscillates between his or her subjectivity and the identity imposed by the uniform that he or she wears" (Raphaelle Stopin). The Freger Style is documentary PLUS portrait. There is no question that his antecedent is August Sander, with a crucial, modern twist: His portraits present not so much a community (as Sander invariably does), but the individuals that give such community its form. As such, his work is neither purely documentary or sociological. His emphasis on individual particularity repudiates "globalization" and "the human family", the most beloved ideas of mainstream photojournalists, as nothing more and nothing less than a lie: Every single human being will always identify with a specific community. With every seemingly exotic portrait, Freger poses to the viewer the same provocative and compelling questions: Why do I choose to belong to a tribe? Why do I adhere to its rules? Why do I believe in the necessity of social cohesion? Why do I express myself through others? A great portrait-photographer (whose only counterpart is Rineke Dijkstra), Freger is thereby an actively practising photographer of "punctum", Roland Barthes' aesthetic standard in "Camera Lucida" (1980), for what sets a photograph apart, its visual punctuation or detail, the "disturbance" and "wound" that the viewer does not immediately recognize, but eventually sees and comes to love about the photograph. An absolute "must-have" title for Charles Freger collectors. This copy is very prominently, neatly, and beautifully signed black pen-marker on the half-title page by Charles Freger. It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. This title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only such signed copy of the First Edition/First Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online, none of them signed, command hundreds of dollars. This is surely an accessible and lovely alternative. A rare signed copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHARLES FREGER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 2915409005. $200.00

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