Through this series of portraits, Rip Hopkins reveals how the inhabitants of Maisons-Laffitte, a city historically connected with horses, collect and appropriate the horse in their imagination.
Northwest of Paris, bordering the forest of SaintGermain-enLaye, is a city haunted by the presence of horses since the late eighteenth century. The racecourse has the longest straight line in Europe. Men and horses live together.
Trails are planned to travel on horseback. The mounted animal always has priority. An anachronistic castle recalls earlier times to the modern industrial, where the horse was the closest ally of man. His legendary monumental stables have now disappeared. Castle also houses thus it is called – spends annually a command to a photographer to represent the horse in its walls. Presence of paper instead of living, somehow. In all fields of contemporary creation, the theme of the horse seems to have been deserted when he was a mythological being and ultimate source of countless fabulous stories. Is its symbolic power.
Ville de Maisons-Laffitte, les Monuments nationaux, la société des amis du château de Maisons, le Conseil Général des Yvelines.
Hors Collection
220 x 220
Relié couverture cartonnée et toilée
33 photos colors
72 pages
ISBN : 978-2-35046-256-1
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Rip Hopkins


Born in Sheffield in 1972, Rip Hopkins graduated from the Industrial Design National School (ENSCI) in Paris. For almost ten years, in collaboration with Doctors Without Borders, he produced photographic reports and documentaries on endangered populations around the world.
Winner of several prestigious awards and grants, his work is one of several international public and private collections.
Rip Hopkins is constantly looking for new testing grounds and new artistic challenges. He practices different genres as the portrait or landscape, its atypical style, at the crossroads of documentary photography and artistic expression, puts people at the center of his work.
Rip Hopkins is a member of Agence Vu in Paris. It is represented in Europe by the gallery The Lamppost and Belgium by Caroline Bouchard for the Belgian Blue Blood series.

Pauline de La Boulaye

Auteur, Commissaire

Born in Paris in 1977. A graduate in Contemporary History and Social Sciences (Paris). Writer and independent curator. She realized exhibitions, conferences and study visits to museums, art schools and cities as well as private and corporate collections. His projects linking visual arts, circus performance, dance, life, design, architecture, museum, public space, and ask their silos. Intervener at the higher institute for the study of visual language (Iselp) and the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, she lives with her family in the capital of Europe.