Wilder Mann is a project Charles Fréger has worked on for several years now; after picking up on a trend of “wild man” costumes used in traditional ceremonies and pageants, he travelled to eighteen European countries photographing the different iterations in each one. Wilder Mann shows men dressed in shaggy goat skins, prickly twigs, black hoods, fearsome face paint.
From Bansko in Bulgaria, the masked Babugeiri, dressed in goat skins, hold a procession on 1 January. They originally symbolized fertility. Charles Fréger visited 18 European countries in search of the mythological figure of the Wild Man. His strange and beautiful photobook, Wilder Mann: the Image of the Savage, explores human fascination with myth, ritual and tradition.