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During his long and successful career, Christopher Makos has photographed the most beloved and intriguing icons of our time—Mick Jagger, Elizabeth Taylor, John Lennon, and Andy Warhol, to name just a few. Now in a unique and original work, Equipose, Makos takes on another compelling subject: horses. Photographed in his own distinctive and daringly evocative style, this landmark book transforms what we know about these majestic animals through the lens of a genius photographer.
Ranging from brilliantly crisp black-and-whites to luxurious colors and softly muted sepia tones, Makos conveys sophistication and naïveté in seamless combination in his photographs of one of nature’s most mythic, evocative, and enthralling creatures. The incredible images seen in Equipose do more than just accentuate the musculature and athletic qualities of equine bodies, they elevate and personalize our timeless fascination with a subject that has been photo-graphed endlessly, but has never before been depicted with such a unique eye and insight. Makos seductively lures the viewer into a celebration of all that is desired in and aroused by the animal form in a manner so sensitive that it is sure to appeal to photography aficionados along with anyone who has ever had a penchant for nature’s most appealing mount.
Equipose gives us an entrée into an entire new realm of portrait photography while at the same time offering access to some of the most perfect specimens that are "working" today. In this exceptional body of work, Makos explores the convergence of art, style, form, function, and even musculature and power. The result is a book every bit as innovative, intriguing, and daring as the man who created it.
From the Author
Christopher Makos was born in Lowell, Massachusetts and grew up in California before moving to Paris to study architecture and, later, to work as an apprentice to Man Ray. Since the early 1970s Makos has developed a boldly graphic style of photojournalism, documenting the physical form as a signature appearing in all his work. During the 1980s he was a seminal figure in the New York art scene, where he was responsible for introducing the work of both Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring to Andy Warhol. It was Warhol who called Makos "the most modern photographer in America." His photographs have been exhibited in numerous galleries and museums internationally, with works shown at the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Makos’ images have appeared in countless magazines and newspapers worldwide, including Interview, Rolling Stone, House & Garden, New York Magazine, Esquire, Genre, and People. He is the author of several important books including his most recent, Exhibitionism (Glitterati, 2004). Makos lives in New York.
Dotson Rader has written widely for publications both here and abroad, including The New York Times, The Sunday Times of London, The New Republic, and The Paris Review. Rader has published four novels and three works of nonfiction, including Tennessee: Cry of the Heart, An Intimate Memoir of Tennessee Williams (Doubleday, 1985). He has been a contributing editor to Esquire and Parade magazines. Rader lives in New York.