THE WHITE HORSE
Part of the HERMES collection of contemporary photography, 2019
The Berggruen Gallery, San Francisco, 2018
In Mary McCartney’s largest body of work to date, she pays tribute to the extraordinary beauty of one particular white stallion, her Alejandro. These portraits show Alejandro in the idyllic countryside of Sussex where McCartney grew up. Using a medium-format camera for formal portraits as well as 35mm and smartphone cameras for candid shots, she profiles equestrian life both on and off the saddle, during the course of a year.
McCartney's intimate pictures convey the special relationship between horse and rider and underline the profound connection that binds people to these majestic animals. The viewer is taken through an ever-changing vista of lush green meadows, dappled forest trails, and nighttime forests, often using the unique perspective of a mounted rider to afford us the most compelling views.