There's a first for everything. I came home from L.A. with only two purchases. A $10 ring (which I might have already lost) and Charles Fréger’s amazing book, Empire. The portraits show the individuality of men (and a few women) dressed in uniform, the garb that, by definition, kicks individuality in the face. (All photos by Charles Fréger)

(Above: Arma dei Carabinieri, is the national uniformed police force of Italy)






  1. Love the pics of the noble steeds and their riders!


  2. Joanne says:

    Cool pics! I like their helmets and clothes! :)

  3. wow, those images are brilliant

  4. fantastic.. thanks for the heads up..


  5. Yoli says:

    I absolutely love these images.

  6. wsck says:

    Hi Hollister, so glad you like the book and stopped into our shop to buy it! I was so excited when I saw your name on the weekend receipts. I'm a big fan.
    Whitney Cook Kaplan
    Arcana: Books on the Arts

  7. Love these images ... they look so stoic !

  8. TRAVIS says:

    Awesome find - I think I would have enjoyed this even as a kid. I'm going to have to get the book myself.

  9. Sweet Mother of Jefferson Davis- these images are amazing! Hmmmm, something to consider for Wed nights event! x

  10. dulci says:

    love a man in uniform


  11. rose may says:

    Those are amazing photos. The clothes are so cool. What a beautiful site you have. Thanks for posting.