LAR­RIKIN YAKKA Pho­tog­ra­phy by Paul Free­man

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It’s dou­ble the plea­sure this year for fans of pho­tog­ra­pher Paul Free­man. Hot on the heels of the first book in his new se­ries Lar­rikin, comes Lar­rikin Yakka with a fo­cus on strap­ping men at work and play.

The im­ages come from sev­eral dif­fer­ent coun­tries – the seed­ier parts of Bush­wick, New York, the olive groves of Puglia, Italy, and the me­chan­ics’ sheds of cen­tral Aus­tralia. These lo­ca­tions have given Free­man the op­por­tu­nity to pho­to­graph an in­tensely sexy ar­ray of men in gritty work en­vi­ron­ments. As his fans have come to ex­pect, Free­man al­ways cap­tures them in all their free­wheel­ing, phys­i­cal glory.

Lar­rikin Yakka de­liv­ers. He’s fa­mous for his por­traits of Aussie men in his Bondi and Out­back books yet this book strikes out in new di­rec­tions. The se­ries of im­ages in Italy are es­pe­cially at­mo­spheric, with the crum­bling vil­las, an­tique fur­nish­ings and or­chards. What­ever the set­tings, his mod­els ex­ude the charm of the Aussie lar­rikin – sexy and rugged with a sense of fun.

The Lar­rikin books have crept up in price in Aus­tralia to align with the prices in­ter­na­tion­ally – but this se­ries is unique and of the high­est qual­ity. The book’s blurb claims, “his col­lec­tions set a tone of so­phis­ti­ca­tion rarely achieved in books of the male nude”. This isn’t hy­per­bole. Free­man has fine­tuned his skills over al­most 15 years of pho­tog­ra­phy. It’s grat­i­fy­ing to see him ex­plor­ing new di­rec­tions.

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