Photographer releases book of artist interviews she began writing at thirteen.
Free Spirits, a book containing intimate interviews with celebrated artists written by professional photographer Rosie Osborne will be published, and available online at Amazon and in independent book stores in Cornwall and London.
Inspired by her time spent in St. Ives, Cornwall as a child, Osborne began writing the book sixteen years ago at the age of 13, and the book will be released on the eve of her 30th birthday. This lifelong project has seen Rosie interview artists from around the world, and spending time in London, Paris and Cornwall seeking out renowned artists. Most of the interviews discuss themes around freedom and happiness, and reflect on how to hold on to ones freedom in a fast changing world, that is increasingly making it difficult to do so.
Free Spirits is a compilation of absorbing material and thirteen intimate interviews collated together and beautifully presented in Rosie’s first ever book. The intriguing interviews within the book offer inspiration, wisdom and exploration into the vast art world and culture and its influence around the world.
‘The more artists that I visited and spoke to as a teenager, the more I felt intrigued to talk to others. When I was 17, I made a promise to myself that I’d release a book, documenting all of the inspiring stories that I had collected, before I turned 30’, says Osborne.
‘I told myself that there was no other option but to do it, whatever it took.’ The next 13 years were filled with encounters all over the world with artists in their homes and studios. ‘The funny, tragic, inspiring words and stories that I heard over those years were a compass for where I
went next, and the decisions that I made, and the energy of each person that I interviewed has stayed with me ever since’. Osborne continues.
Beginning with its focus on Cornwall, Free Spirits documents Osborne’s time in Paris, where she lived for five years, and London, where she was born. The author’s personal reflections on the three places most central to her life provide opening snapshots for a compelling exploration of the lives and work of an eclectic mix of artists – including a never before documented interview with Sylvette David, reflecting on her time as Picasso’s muse. As well as what would come to be abstract pioneer Sandra Blow’s final interview before her death, Free Spirits presents an interview with the Los Angeles-based Danny Fox in his native Cornwall, alongside discussions with celebrated artists such as Guy Yanai, JonOne and Erin Lawlor.
Free Spirits is available in hardback, priced £30, and is available now to pre-order from www.rosieosborne.com. Only 500 first-edition copies will be released, all of which will be signed by the author.