Photography Blogger – 17th May 2013
Born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1965, Luis Fabini has spent his lift between South America, Europe and the United States. As a young man he worked as a trekking guide, going on to become a travel, fashion and documentary photographer.
Horsemen of the Americas
The ‘Horsemen of the Americas’ is a presentation of the unique and untimely relationship between horse and man. In the US and Canada, they are known as ‘cowboys’, in Mexico they are the ‘charros’, in Colombia and Venezuela the ‘llaneros’ and in Peru the chalanes. Irrespective of their name, “these extraordinary centaurs share a unique relationship to their land and animals.”
Fabini has followed this subject since 2005, developing a project that captures “the austere life of these men, all the while celebrating their pride in a fading world that has changed little since its inception.” Often spending months at a time with his subjects, Fabini’s approach offers a rare glimpse into the everyday lives of these diverse and isolated groups.
While sharing mate with an old gaucho, I asked him,
“What is the gaucho?” after a long silence, he replied,
“The gaucho is the ground he treads upon.”
I understood instantly: a man grows to become one with what he does