Photographer Charles Fréger is fascinated by the many different uniforms, costumes and wearable art from around the world. Soldiers, sumo wrestlers and Mardi Gras Indians have all been caught by his lens, and Wilder Mann: The Image of the Savage captures the savages and wild men of Europe.
To celebrate life and to mark the seasons, these wild men don powerful primitive masks, dress in fur, skins and horns, and drape themselves in clattering chains and clanking bells. Both beautiful and frightening: I’d call it “brute-tiful!”
There are over two hundred pages of full color photos of fascinating creature costumes. The introduction is Robert Wilson’s over-the-top essay on modern man’s search for his primitive roots. I like the taxonomic glossary with a short explanation of the sources and the historic/folkloric origins of each creature. The wild checkerboard endplates incorporate Genevieve Gauckler’s witty silhouette drawings of the wild men!
Here’s a video of just one of the creatures in the book: the Mamuthones of Sardinia.
What part do they play in the carnival of San Antonio? Get the book and find out!
See sample pages from this book at Wink.
Just in time for the Christmas season, Bob Knetzger has instructions to build your own tiny child-nabber.
Al writes, “KKrampusfest LA is a series of of Krampus events produced throughout December 2013 by the remnants (or ‘sleeper cell’) of LA Cacophony Society. We have been working on hand-crafted scratch-made Krampus costumes & masks for about a year, and we are the first Krampus run in the Western US. These events were contrived, […]
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