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Freger, Charles (Photographer) & Liksom, Rosa (Contributor). STEPS: PORTRAITS PHOTOGRAPHIQUES ET UNIFORMES ("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 defining 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 Rosa Liksom 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 "Steps". Portraits of adorable Finnish girl skaters. "In this ice sport, the choreography and figures are executed simultaneously by a group of twenty skaters. The incorporation of each skater to the group is therefore imperative for this discipline. Trained to think and adjust the smallest of movements according to the group, to hide their singularities: Each skater blends into the group to achieve symbiosis and perfect harmony. Yet in front of the camera, relieved from the constraints of the discipline, their individuality is beautifully revealed" (Rosa Liksom). 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 title is a great photography book. This is one of very few copies of the First Edition/First Printing still available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. A rare copy thus. Lavishly illustrated with color plates. One of the most brilliant photographers of our time. A fine copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER CHARLES FREGER TITLES IN OUR CATALOG). ISBN 291213224X. $80.00

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