Published by Falling Leaves, Highgate, London 1998
Extract from the foreword -
" We could all be dead in a minute. There's always someone watching. And if you're ever blackmailed go straight and tell the police."
- Mrs Freeman's advice to her son.
Before my 40th, absent from the city 14 years and now with the benefit of hindsight, I descended plate by plate through a memory London-bound, fixing those images which persistently re-emerged of those never touched, of things merely glimpsed, barely comprehended. Who I expected was never there - bridges and buildings fell down behind me and those, I hope, still living, repeating forever that glance, that gesture, which compelled me to this point and drew me back again to make some sense of it all.
' It often seems as if Kierkegaard were trying to live the present as if it were the past, trying to perceive the world as if he were remembering it'
from 'Kierkegaard' by Josiah Thompson
' His shade appears out of oblivion and shouts the names of the Beast and the Scarlet Woman, Alostrael, who seems to trouble him greatly: then he is gone.'
On Prof. Norman Mudd, from 'The King of the Shadow Realm' by John Symonds
'I originallly wanted the images in 'I LONDON' to remain alone without the benfit of explanation.
Unfortunately, due to the present need for the satisfaction of understanding rather that the intrigues of looking, I can ill-afford such a conceit.'
REVIEWS FOR THE BOOK 'I LONDON'
" I LONDON" celebrates the strange, the forlorn and the forgotten areas of the city. Looking for inspiration back to Hogarth and Blake, the artist combines ribaldry and humour with a poetic mysticism"
Independent on Sunday
"A wonderful book. Each image is a story initself - a beautifully etched story"
" Absorbing in its honesty and convincing in the mental hardship it portrays."
David Lee, Art Review
"A haunting vision of the city - eerily compelling."
"A powerful wision of the city - lyrical, dark and disturbing."
"Enigmatic and mysterious in an honourable and unfashioable tradition. Freeman is most impressive in his technical skills."
The Art Book
" John Freeman's etchings capture without cynicism something experienced and observrd. I see honesty in his pictures and glimpse his private monsters in the shadows."
"A rich blend of London images, private and public. I feel I know some of the people the artist draws."
"A mesmerising work- remarkable for the clarity of its perceptions about class difference and sexuality."
"Fascinating - reminiscent of Daumier"
"I was gob-smacked. This brought back many memories for me. It's an authentic vision of London. It's not fake."
"a beautiful book..there is a sense of dark and brooding humour that I love.."