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Horses: Photographs Hardcover – October 7, 2003


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More than a hundred extraordinary portraits?lush, rich, textured, sculptural?that reveal the spirit and nobility of the horse. Portraits of horses gazing at the camera, standing in the golden light, stamping away flies, galloping, bucking, rolling in the dust.

They are the work of Michael Eastman, a self-taught photographer influenced by Edward Weston, Walker Evans, and Henry Moore, who spent thirty years capturing the essential nature of subjects that range from Cuban life to landscapes to architecture in many places. Now he turns his refined eye to the magnificent horse.
Eastman has caught the animal?s complexity and power, fear and courage, goodness, masculinity, femininity, uniqueness.

?All animals are wonderful,? says Eastman, ?but horses are truly mythic.?

About the Author

Michael Eastman’s photographs have appeared on the cover of Time, and his work has been published in Life and the New York Times. Eastman is a recipient of a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. He lives in St. Louis, Missouri.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf; 1 edition (October 7, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375414681
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375414688
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 1 x 12.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #941,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Customer Reviews

Nice pics...a great coffee table addition.
Lily
Eastman is a very talented photographer that has the ability to capture the true spirit of the horse.
CPM
There are many very blurry images and various double or multiple exposure shots.
H. Cunningham

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47 of 47 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 24, 2003
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I've been in designing books (mostly pictoral) for over 12 years. I can safely say this is an absolutely incredible book!!! It's worth the $45 sticker price but a can't pass up at the Amazon price. The 4 color b/w photography shows detail that is very, very rare to be able to see in photographs. Perfect jobs were done on tones, contrast, and not to mention the talented artistry of Eastman. I saw photos in here of angles and positions I've never seen printed before and this book has provided me with over half a dozen inspirations for sculptures. I can't possibly recommend this book enough! For those of us that do equine art, you can't be without this beautiful reference. I'll never part with it.
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67 of 76 people found the following review helpful By H. Cunningham on January 30, 2004
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I had high hopes for this book, especially after seeing the other Amazon reviews. I was very disappointed, however, because many of the photos appear to be touched up or otherwise stylized somehow. There are many very blurry images and various double or multiple exposure shots. If all the photos were like the one on the cover - simple, real, excellent photos of horses - the book would be worth the money. However, only about 1/4 of the photos are that way. This seemed to me to be more like a rich person's coffee table book than a true horse lover's book - for those who like "artistic" renderings rather than the real thing.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Paul G. Macfarlane on October 17, 2003
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Really, Michael has that gift of seeing what others don't see and capturing it in the lens. What you'll see in these images if you're open enough, is pure love. The love Michael has, obviously, for these creatures, wild, free and noble. But also you'll see these animal's love for life itself in their expressions and the briefly-captured energy of their movements. Each page suitable for framing, each page dares you to stroke it and imagine the sweat of the hides and smell the unmistakable odor of a living horse. In fact, most of the images are so beautiful, you could crop out the horses and still have raw beauty.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "surfergirl1011" on April 14, 2004
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Eastman has done a fabulous job! He portrays a side of the horse not often seen with his stunning photographs filled with motion and beauty. Each photo pictures a horse frozen in time, in all of it's equine splendor. This is truly a must have.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful By marti mcginnis on October 14, 2004
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If horses studied photography and got very very good at it, these are exactly the sorts of pictures they would be most proud of. Mr. Eastmen's photographs seem to capture how horses wish to think of themselves and their family and friends. Dreamy and evocative, in sepia tones that do more for character than straight forward color prints ever seem to. As a painter of horses I continue to be mesmerized by this collection and refer to it often for inspiration.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By CPM on August 6, 2004
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Eastman is a very talented photographer that has the ability to capture the true spirit of the horse. His pictures are nothing short of breath taking! If you are a horse lover, make it a point to purchase this book. You will enjoy it over and over again.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By K.K. on November 27, 2008
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I HAVE PURCHASED SEVERAL EQUINE "COFFEE TABLE" PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS OVER THE YEARS. SO FAR, OUT OF ALL THE VARIOUS PHOTOGRAPHY ARTISTS, I HAVE THREE ABSOLUTE FAVORITES. MICHAEL EASTMAN, TONY STROMBERG, AND GABRIELE BOISELLE. THIS BOOK SIMPLY ENTITLED "HORSES" IS A REAL PLEASURE TO BEHOLD. DONE IN MOSTLY BROWNTONES, EACH PHOTOGRAPH IS WARM AND INVITING WHILE ALSO VISUALLY DRAMATIC. EASTMAN MANAGES TO CAPTURE SO MUCH EQUINE EMOTION IN EACH PICTURE WHILE NOT OVERWHELMING HIS VIEWERS WITH ANY PARTICULAR MESSAGE. HE SIMPLY BRINGS FORTH THE BEAUTY & GRACE, THE WILDNESS, AND GENTLENESS, THE INQUISITIVENESS AND THE SHYNESS, WITH BRILLIANT ARTISTRY IN EVERY PICTURE. THE WHOLE BOOK IS LIKE A LOVE LETTER TO THE HORSE. I ENJOY SPENDING TIME WITH THIS BOOK OVER AND OVER AND HAVE SHARED IT WITH BOTH CHILDREN AND FELLOW ADULTS DURING MANY HAPPY HOURS ON MY SOFA. THIS BOOK IS A GREAT GIFT IDEA FOR ANY HORSEY PERSON IN YOUR LIFE AND IS SURE TO BE APPRECIATED ALWAYS. TWO THUMBS UP FOR MICHAEL EASTMAN!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Crazy Horse on March 31, 2009
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This book has great photos of horses running, sitting, rolling & fighting. The description was not very clear about the fact that the photos are black & white and also brown & white. There are no color photos. Large book & good price.
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