Chevaleresque | This year 2012, Rip Hopkins chose not to photograph horses, but to make visible the symbolic power of the horse on man and the woman of today. This book is supported by: the City of Maisons-Laffitte, National Monuments, the Society of Friends of the Château de Maisons, the Yvelines General Council.
An exhibition is held at the Château de Maisons-Laffitte from July 4 to October 26, 2012, event organized by the Centre of National Monuments.
Through this seriesof portraits,RipHopkinsrevealshowthe inhabitants ofMaisons-Laffitte, a cityhistoricallyconnected with horses, collectandappropriate thehorsein theirimagination. Northwestof Paris, borderingthe forest of Saint-Germain-en-Laye,isa cityhauntedby the presenceof horsessincethe late eighteenthcentury.The racecoursehas the longeststraight linein Europe.Men andhorseslive together. Trailsare planned totravel on horseback.Themountedanimalalways has priority.Ananachronisticcastlerecallsearlier timesto the modernindustrial,where the horse wastheclosest allyof man.His legendarymonumental stableshave now disappeared.Castlealsohouses-thus itis called- spendsannuallya command to aphotographerto representthe horseinits walls.Presenceof paperinsteadofliving,somehow.In allfieldsof contemporary creation,the themeof the horseseems to have beendesertedwhen he wasamythological beingandultimatesource ofcountlessfabulous stories.Isits symbolicpower.
Coproducer : Ville de Maisons-Laffitte, les Monuments nationaux, la société des amis du château de Maisons, le Conseil Général des Yvelines.