Charles Fréger: the Jockeys of Deauville
Born in 1975, Charles Fréger graduated from Rouen’s Ecole des Beaux Arts in 2000. His photos lend a poetic touch to an almost anthropological study of atypical social groups: Jockeys, Legionnaires, water-polo athletes, English school girls, Finnish synchronized skaters, ex-communist scouts from Budapest, majorettes, Japanese sumo wrestlers, Miss Singapore contestants, Russian police cadets, Buddhist monks in Vietnam, the Grenadier guards of Buckingham Palace, Roman Corazzieri (military elite) and artists of the Beijing Opera. Charles Fréger tirelessly continues his work on Portraits Photographiques et Uniformes (Photographic Portraits and Uniforms), the title of the series. His photos have been exhibited worldwide and he is the author of over twenty books. His most recent, Empire (Ed. Thames & Hudson) features some of Europe’s most prestigious army regiments. He is based in Rouen.