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This is the first solo photo book by Australian photographer Paul Freeman. Blue magazine s favorite photographer for many years, Freeman is also known for authoring the best-selling biography of Ian Roberts ( Ian Roberts: Finding Out , Random House, Australia 1997) Bondi Classic stands out in a publishing genre filled, of late, with thoughtless compilations. It s a sumptuous 240-page hardbound, with beautiful production values and design, and exquisite photography. It s the first in a self-published series of coffee table collectibles by Freeman s. A tribute to the Australian hero, Bondi Classic responds to a strong international demand for a book of Freeman s art nude portraiture. With remarkable talent Freeman gives us a sensual yet respectful look at a vast and varied array of Aussie men, including some of Australia s top actors, models, sports stars and Olympians. (Captured champion iron men, Princess Diana s personal trainer, mister Australia body building champions, actors from international theatre and film, television soap heart-throbs, top pro footballers, Olympic boxers, divers and wrestlers, and an Australian Man Of The Year!) Using classic and European religious art references, often within an ancient and moody Sydney coastal environment, Bondi Classic takes us on an epic of unabashed male physicality. Maintaining a reverential distance from his subjects, Freeman s story revels in the paradoxes of masculinity. His subjects are strong yet sensual, courageous while provocative, violent and divinely innocent. Director of the internationally- acclaimed Sydney Festival, Brett Sheehy, gave the book a rave review when he launched it in Sydney in February 2004. Sheehy referred to Freeman as a new Bruce Weber, as well as Australia s own Renaissance man.