Photographs by Charles Fréger. Essay by Bill Kouwenhoven.
Artimo / POC Editions, Amsterdam, 2006. 40 pp., 27 color illustrations, 6¾x8".
Charles Fréger finds his favorite portrait subjects
clustered in social crowds,work teams, or collective
structures or communities, and in fact those
structures are as much his subjects as the people
in them.Where better to look for the forces that
draw people together and set them against one
another than among children being coached
to wrestle? United in purpose and set against
one another on the mat, Fréger’s subjects seem to
struggle against one another in soundless tension,
the squeak of the mat silenced, the smack of a
body in the air anticipated—one subject in the
process of being hauled over his opponent’s back
has zero points of contact with the ground.
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