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John Reardon
Cape Cross - Studio Portrait, Stallion, Champion, Equine Art Print Unframed

2009

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Cape Cross (13 March 1994 – 21 April 2017) was an Irish-bred Thoroughbred racehorse. He is a son of the July Cup winner Green Desert and Cheveley Park Stakes, winner Park Appeal who was the Champion two-year-old filly in England and Ireland in 1984. Series: Studio Portraits, 'Cape Cross', 2009 by John Reardon Archival Pigment Print on Hahnemühle Fine Art Paper, Unframed Print – Paper size: 45.5 x 45.5 cm/ 18 x 18 inches, Image: 38.5 x 38.5cm / 15 x 15 in 'Cape Cross' stallion, who went on to father one of the all-time greats of the game, Sea The Stars... This piece is part of: "(after) Whistlejacket - Contemporary Equine Photographs by John Reardon", An Exhibition at MMX Gallery, London, June/July, 2023. The show explores an artistic way of photographing horses. "Every year, Reardon re-invented his challenge. He photographed stallions with a special 65mm panoramic Hasselblad, turning the line of neck, withers, back and quarters into lush landscapes. He created a portable studio of all-white walls and had the stallions stare into his lens as if they were film stars. One year, he went to photograph every major race, wherever it was run, anywhere in the world: he'd unfailingly find the story and tell it in a few startling frames - ever eclectic, ever hectic. He was out at dawn. He was there at dusk. He climbed trees to get a better view and once inadvertently buzzed the Sheikh in his private swimming pool while hanging out of a helicopter. Thousands of rolls of film. And when you look at one or two of them - spread out on a lightbox, through a Lupe, yellow Chinagraph poised: the way he insisted we all did for as long as he could hold the digital world at bay - you see what an extraordinary gift he had. 36 exposures, at least 20-25 different scenes or set-ups. Yes, he'd work a shot; but mostly he got what he wanted first time and that was that, he'd moved on, gone, tirelessly creative, his imagination fizzing like a lit fuse. Racehorses, and the people in their realm, turned out to be his ideal subjects. Reardon's eye found the elegance, power, and plaintive vulnerability of whatever settled before his camera, and the thoroughbred is abound with elegance, power and vulnerability. He stared down from his rakish 6ft 3in with the most humane, even sentimental, of gazes. You see it across his work, across the years: people - and horses - rarely look better than in their John Reardon portrait. Click, duck, move, click. It might have started out as a job, but eventually it became his oeuvre." - Jocelyn Targett John Reardon - (1951 - 2018) was a British photographer, born in Cape Town. He studied film and photography at Birmingham University. In 1979, he was part of the photographer's group who set up Ten 8 magazine - a seminal quarterly that focused on British photography, and lasted until 1993. Reardon collaborated to publish Home Front in 1984, published by Random House and later exhibited at The Photographer's Gallery. He began as a freelance photojournalist and picture editor in 1979. He started shooting for The Observer in the mid 1980s, beginning a distinguished career in photojournalism that saw him photographing war and humanitarian stories in Sri Lanka, Kuwait, Bangladesh, Ethiopia, to name a few. In 1993, he joined the prestigious Independent Photographers Group set up by John Easterby. The same year, he left for war- torn Kabul, Afghanistan, and the outstanding results, displayed sumptuously in the Observer Magazine, saw his work gain global recognition at the World Press Awards. Reardon was invited to apply to join Magnum Photos; he refused, the story goes, because his portfolio "wasn't ready". He continued to produce photo essays for the paper; including the war in Kosovo, and the aftermath of 9/11. In 2001, he began to produce ground-breaking portraits of chefs. His work is part of Autograph ABP (Handsworth Self Portraits, 1979 series) and the National Portrait Gallery collection in London including a famous 'Last Supper' shot with 12 Michelin-starred chefs featuring Gordon Ramsay, Marcus Wareing, Michel Roux Jr and Raymond Blanc. This coincided with his experimental work for the Darley Stud in 2001. *Video is showing example of framed print (exhibited in the show), please view the images for unframed print reference. Framed print is also available Shipping: Carefully hand packaged in conservation materials and shipped in the flat box. Certificate Authenticity provided.
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