Charles Fréger at the Gallery at Hermès

Cory Jacobs
Apr 11, 2013 1:38PM

Charles Fréger: Wilder Mann

April 12th – June 8th

New York, United States

In search of the “wild man,” Charles Fréger traveled across 18 European countries from Finland to Greece. He systematically catalogued people in elaborate costumes used during traditional rituals pertaining to the seasonal cycle, fertility, life and death. Although Fréger has exhibited extensively in international solo gallery and museum shows, Wilder Mann marks his New York début. Additional images from the series will be exhibited concurrently at Yossi Milo Gallery from April 11th – May 18th.

Fréger, based in Rouen, France, has dedicated his career to portraiture focusing on groups of people often in uniform. He has photographed such diverse tribes as jockeys, majorettes, sumo wrestlers and members of the French foreign legion. With Wilder Mann, completed in just two years from 2010 to 2011, Fréger shows the same resolve and doggedness as his subjects in attaining their goal. As Thoreau famously said, "We need the tonic of wildness...We can never have enough of nature."

The Gallery at Hermès is located on the fourth floor at 691 Madison Avenue and is open from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Monday through Saturdays and is supported by the Fondation d'entreprise Hermès.


Cory Jacobs