Dean Freeman has achieved critical acclaim photographing major cultural figures, including sporting icons and musicians. He is now one of the most sought after photographers of celebrity and reportage in Europe.
A leading photographer in the fields of editorial, advertising and music, Dean is known for his ability to produce spontaneous glamour while working fast in demanding circumstances. In recent years the huge sales of his high-profile books, including ‘Just for the Record’ with Geri Halliwell, ‘Forever Spice’ with The Spice Girls and ‘My World’ with David Beckham, have cemented his reputation for creative vision in the arts, photography and design. His work has also been exhibited internationally and acquired by public and private collectors around the world.
Dean travels with a relentlessly curious gaze. Brazil, Nepal, India, Benin, North America, South America, Europe, the UK … His observations of landscape and people reveal a preoccupation with contrasts and the shifting divisions between order and chaos. Again, there is that distinctive relationship between subject and photographer: the random moment of truth as it flashes by – witnessed, captured and framed.
A new book – FunkyTown – featuring images from his wide-ranging archive, many previously unseen, is due to be launched in the Autumn. In the foreword for the book, Simon Kelner states “There is so much that is life-affirming within these pages that, however jaded one’s palate, it can restore one’s faith in humankind. Freeman is very much his own man, with his own style, in which spontaneity occupies a central role.This, paradoxically, takes years of practice. ”