Photos of Reenacted Folk Costume

Charles Fréger’s photo series Wilder Mann is the result of his travels across 18 European countries pursuing the idea of a “wild man.” His photographs document reenacted tribal European costumes, often used for folk rituals or as mumming costumes for street parades. Many of these traditions and characters have fallen out with adaptations of modern culture.

The series has been collected into a book, Wilder Mann. The project combines portrait photography with ethnographic research as Fréger presents his most accurate version of these traditional costumes. Aesthetically, the pieces are stunning and dark, often reproducing fearsom characters that terrorized humans in their respective folktales.

Fréger is a portrait artist based in France, whose subjects range from chefs to Indian school girls.

Post by Rachel Cassandra