Tim Flach, David Seiler, Ida Weygandt, Juliet Harrison, Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg

Reception: Saturday January 24 from 6 to 8pm

January 22, 2009 through March 8, 2009

Through the ages, the Horse has remained inseparable from man as a symbolic element of the sublime within the spirit of humanity. As representations of strength, devotion, wisdom, divination and freedom, the equine form projects not its own beauty; it reflects instead the beauty – or horror – of man’s unconscious power. Equus, opening January 22, 2009, at Carrie Haddad Photographs in Hudson, New York, spotlights the multi-layered relationship between people and horses. The exhibit will include the work of local and international photographers Tim Flach, David Seiler, Ida Weygandt, Juliet Harrison, Paul Solberg and Christopher Makos.

A professional photographer for 25 years, Tim Flach has a unique affinity for capturing the spirit and likeness of animals with his camera. His recently published book, Equus, is an exquisite study and photographic tribute to the valiant species. The exhibit will feature Flach’s evocative images of horse embryos – his intent with these photographs is to explore the complex and close relationship that humans have with the Horse. He succeeds, providing an arrestingly intimate view. “The reason the embryos are there-- it's not all about having images for the aesthetic, I mean, they are aesthetic, but for some people they're not easy to look at. But the thing about them-- one of them is circular; it looks like a round planet. Well, that's a live embryo…The reason I photographed it isn't just because it looks like a planet and a beginning, and at thirty days look like a baby (and all mammals at this stage tend to look similar), but I'm interested in how it is one thing but also looks like something else. I'm very interested in this idea of ambiguity.”

Also Interested in the ambiguity found in the shapes and form of the horse is photographer Juliet Harrison. Her deliberate abstract cropping aims to give the viewer enough room for their own personal interpretation of the subjects. With a Masters in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan and numerous gallery and museum exhibits, Harrison has been focused on photographing the horse for nearly twenty years. A lifelong admiration for the animal is undeniably present in her hand-printed silver gelatin images.

Ida Weygandt grew up in Chester County, PA surrounded by the equine-lifeEquus at Carrie Haddad Photographs by melissa stafford, on Flickr" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/25173867@N04/3221361132/">Equus at Carrie Haddad Photographs

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David Seiler

Ida Weygandt

Christopher Makos & Paul Solberg (The Hilton Brothers)