Five years ago the FREESOULS community lost a colleague, a teacher, a friend.

Diving Back into Photography

A Q&A with Joi Ito, Taking Photos on the Road (and Underwater)

Freesouls website source code released

We’ve converted this website to Jekyll and released the source code on Github, where you are free to copy, study, use, and share it.

Get It Louder

Freesouls is currently featured at Get It Louder 2010 in Beijing, along with other books by our designer Wang Zhihong. The exhibition runs at Sanlitun SOHO from September 19 to October 10.

The List

@DaveStone nudged us to create a Twitter list. Follow the Freesouls

Release Yourself!

The Freesouls 2 project is now collecting new photos. Read on

Screen Edition

IMMEDIATE DOWNLOAD: Freesouls 1.1 Screen Edition

Freesouls in Chinese

The China-based collaborative translation outfit Yeeyan has launched a Chinese version of this site, with the full list of essays and some recent blog posts. Visit freesouls.yeeyan.org! We have moved the content here.


At the HKDA Asia Design Awards 2009, our book designer WANG ZHI-HONG won two bronzes and two merit awards, the last of which was in recognition of his work on Freesouls: captured and released.

NSC1: Freesouls in Singapore

We’re going to be at Neoteny Singapore Camp to talk about FREESOULS. See you there!


See what people are saying about Freesouls.

Buy Now

A limited quantity of books are now available directly from the publisher. Order now


FREESOULS has been published as a LUXURY BOXED SET and a LIMITED EDITION book. Browse photographs and descriptions of both editions


296 Portraits by Joi Ito. Essays by Howard Rheingold, Lawrence Liang, Cory Doctorow, Yochai Benkler, Isaac Mao and Marko Ahtisaari. With a Foreword by Lawrence Lessig and a Special Interview with Joi Ito. 72 Crowd-sourced Definitions of What A Freesoul is. 36 Landscapes. 200 pages. See who’s in the book

Limited Edition Print. 50 Boxed Sets. 1024 soft-cover books. All Numbered.
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