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Star Equine Portraits

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As different as their personalities are, as rich in variations the horses appear in front of the camera

The photos in this volume were taken under studio-like conditions that are, however, always at the mercy of chance: Silvio Maraini photographed horses in their familiar surroundings, often in a riding hall, sometimes in a box or in the shade of a barn. Through reduced lighting, a calm, monochrome background, and the absence of a bridle or halter, the noble creature is removed from its everyday context. Free from distraction, the gaze is led to the important details and concentrates on what is essential in the picture—the horse and its charisma. In the eyes one means to recognize shyness, curiosity, skepticism, indifference, pride, serenity or caution. What they really feel, what they think or know remains hidden to the viewer—but it simply doesn't seem relevant, no matter whether it's a successful sport horse, a popular show horse or a famous breeding horse. With an introduction by Olympic gold medal winner Ingrid Klimke.

About the contributor(s):

Silvio Maraini studied geophysics at ETH Zurich and currently works as project manager in the area of environmental protection. In addition, he has been active in the field of photography for more than 25 years, mostly focusing on topics of the beaten tracks. In addition to various publications, his photographs are included in various public and private collections.