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Horses Hardcover – Sep 17 2004

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 232 pages
  • Publisher: Artisan (Sept. 17 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579652743
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579652746
  • Product Dimensions: 28.3 x 2.5 x 40.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #729,415 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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From Publishers Weekly

Over the course of 15 years, Arthus-Bertrand (Earth from Above) traveled the world—from Argentina and Iceland to Senegal and the United States—taking photographs of horses proud and humble, purebred and wild. In this visually stunning ode to Equus caballus, he gathers over 200 photos of stocky Scottish Clydesdales, lithe English Thoroughbreds, speedy American Quarterhorses and many other breeds, each reproduced in glossy, vivid color. While standard equine portraiture calls for a horse to be photographed in profile, its clean lines clearly visible against a plain canvas background, Arthus-Bertrand favors portraits that depict the horse in motion—tail flicking, mane flying—and often paired with its owner or trainer. In one particularly arresting series, he captures French saddle horses mid-leap, as if suspended over jumps in an indoor ring. He often retains the canvas background to excellent but slightly ironic effect, as when he pulls back to reveal what’s often cropped out: while one page shows a horse and his owner in sub-Saharan Africa standing on a rug in front of a plain canvas backdrop, for instance, the following page displays them in the larger context, complete with spectators, spotlights, and the rope that’s supporting the canvas strung up between two trees. There’s plenty of informative text about the different breeds, but most people will be too entranced by the gorgeous photographs to notice.
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About the Author

Jean-Louis Gouraud is widely respected as one of Europe's preeminent experts on horses, with the distinction of having traveled from Paris to Moscow on horseback.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand, traveler, photographer, and former hot-air balloon pilot, is world renowned for his astonishing photography books. His seminal work, Earth from Above, has been published in numerous languages and was the basis for a worldwide photo exhibition. Arthus-Bertrand's work regularly appears in Geo, Life, National Geographic, and Paris-Match.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laserheart on June 27 2008
Format: Hardcover
It's obvious that Yann Arthus-Bertrand is passionate about photography and the horse species.

He is able to portray a standing animal and seemingly allow you to understand its feelings and culture in a photograph.

He traveled the world taking a painted canvas backdrop and lighting equipment wherever he went... photographing animals in their natural habitat - looking like it is photographed in a studio due to the standardized backdrops and lighting.

Yann Arthus-Bertrand also included local owners and cultural dress to portray the horse's natural habitat.

This is definitely one of the best animal photography books available - highly recommended!

Along with that, there is commentary on each horse species with a description of the history of the species. It is well written and interesting, even though I bought the book as a gift for the photographs.
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By Pat Christiansen on Nov. 12 2015
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lovely book
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42 of 43 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous horse portraits from every corner of the Earth Feb. 8 2005
By ealovitt - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"...The Mongols have more than five hundred terms to describe their horses' coats." Just wait until you see Yann Arthus-Bertrand's photographs of the metallic gold, silken-coated Akhal-Teke stallion, Murgi. If Rembrandt had painted horses, they would resemble Arthus-Bertrand's photographs. When I first came upon the picture of the Russian Heavy Draft stallion Jar, I thought it WAS an oil painting. Admirers of Stubbs will very much enjoy the portraits in this book.

But "Horses" is not just another beautiful picture book. It also has a very dense, satisfying text, in the manner of a French natural history: opinionated; filled with wonderfully obscure facts; and most elegantly written (and translated). The author does ignore most North American horse breeds such as the Saddlebred and the Tennessee Walker, in a rather snooty Gallic fashion. Instead, he showcases many African, South American, and French breeds that were completely unknown to me. To someone who is used to leafing through English and American encyclopedias of horse breeds, this book will be a real eye-opener. For instance how many readers will have heard of the Augeron, the Kabardin, the Nivernais, the Trait du Maine, or the Auxois? Would they realize that the oldest horse race in France features the Auxois, which is a Burgundian draft horse?

"Horses" has over 225 color equine portraits taken over the course of fifteen years. A dark brownish-black backdrop allows the reader to focus on the horse in all of its majesty, and on the relationship between horse and human. It is truly the most beautiful book in my library.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good book bad formated size April 7 2009
By cleanupgrl - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A friend of mine had this book and when I saw it I knew I had to have one. What I liked best was the size, a fairly decent coffee table size book. When I received my copy I was really disappointed because it had been shrunk down to what looked like some kids book. It lost all of its richness and appeal. Even though it says there are more pictures than the larger book every pic looked dwarfed and out of balance. I gave it as a gift to a horse lover friend but would not buy this size again. I almost sent it back, but too much trouble. If it was in the original size I first saw it in I would have rated it a 5 for sure.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Loved the Quarterhorses July 12 2005
By Marshall Smith - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I have loved horses since I was a child, especially American Quarterhorses. The pictures in this book are beautiful. I like the variety of shots showing horses in motion and even the people in the pictures were OK, though I like horses by themselves better. This book is a great resource for writing about horses because it gives lots of information about the different breeds included in the book. If I were a photographer I would take pictures of horses, too.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
My Fav Book! Dec 5 2005
By MoonyRocks - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is my FAV book of all time. I am a horse lover and a colector of coffee table books and this is the best in the collection of well over 50.

I love the way it is not just the horses but also the people. You get an insite into the way the horses live not just your typical photo of a horse galloping or grazing in a field.

This book is well worth the money and apeals to not only horsey people but all who look at it.

If you are happy with the boring "Calander" photos then this book isn't for you, but if you wish to see horses in a different light then this book is amazing!
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Some of the most Gorgeous Horse photography ever... Feb. 21 2006
By Jennifer Y. Schnarr - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This book has some of the most beautiful photographs of horses I have EVER seen. I've seen a lot of horse books too! Arthus-Bertrand's photos have amazing detail - they look like old paintings. I have never seen horses photographed in this style. He also features some of the lesser known breeds of horses. Each of the breeds presented has a small paragraph of little known facts about the horses. I got this book as a gift and loved it so much I bought one for my mother as well. Amazon has the best deals on it too-mine cost over $85 new from Borders. I highly recommend this book to anyone who admires beauty and even more so for the horse lover.