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Freger, Charles (Photographer) & Bern-Schlanger, Stephane (Contributor). LUX: THE MUSEE D'ART MODERNE LUXEMBOURG RETROSPECTIVE EXHIBITION. Liege, Belgium: Mudam/Musee D'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean Luxembourg, 2006. Softcover. First Edition/First Printing. 120 pages. Fine.

Retrospective Exhibition Monograph. Collection of color portrait-photographs. The most comprehensive book on the photographic art and achievement of Charles Freger. The first and only edition. Published in a tiny first print run as a softcover original only that was not commercially distributed outside Luxembourg. The Exhibition Monograph is now scarce. A brilliant production by Charles Freger: Regular-sized volume format. Glossy pictorial softcovers with white titles embossed on the cover and spine, as issued. Photographs by Charles Freger. Text by Stephane Bern-Schlanger 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. Published on the occasion of the retrospective exhibition named after its host, Luxembourg, held at the Musee d'Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean in 2006. Presents Charles Freger's "LUX". The most comprehensive selection of his oeuvre thus far: Sports teams, ballet dancers, schoolchildren, the military, and workers, all young people as themselves while being self-identified members of a group ("tribe"). "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 title is a contemporary photography classic. As far as we know, this is the only copy of the Exhibition Monograph 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 2919923137. $100.00

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