Charles Fréger has photographed a series of portraits of Breton women of every generation from every region, wearing costumes and headdresses of endless variety: from high starched towers to elaborately pinned, tucked and embroidered confections of handmade lace, as delicate as they are distinctive. Marie Darrieussecq, winner of the Prix Medicis and twice nominated for the Prix Goncourt, has contributed a foreword. Some fifty headdresses are introduced and described in a separate reference section, accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations. Charles Frégers exceptional photographs demonstrate a wealth of pride, ingenuity and personal expression that make this book uniquely compelling.
In 'Portraits in Lace', Freger once again finds a set of individuals observing archaic customs in the modern world. --Amateur Photographer
Here myth and ritual are replaced by tradition and meticulous craft as Freger turns his formalist gaze on the exclusively female traditional costumes of Brittany. --The Observer
The photographic approach is highly imaginative. --RPS Journal (Royal Photographic Society)
Charles Freger is a photographer based in Rouen, France. His previous books include Wilder Mann and Portraits in Lace: Breton Women. His work has been featured in many publications including National Geographic.