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Power and grace : the working horse

by Klaus Alvermann

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"Power and Grace"   (2013-07-17)


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by censuscrawler

The well written and interesting text covers the history and development of what Alvermann calls “the heavy horse.” He discusses the distinctive characteristics of each breed, and includes excellent line drawings of each that are works of art in themselves. Both the words and the sketches take second stage to the gorgeous color photographs.

Alvermann is primarily a photographer, and this is where his artistry really shines. Page after breathtaking page shows these magnificent creatures in all their glory, with and without their colorful trappings. There are portraits and action shots, all perfectly composed, each capturing one aspect of the lives of his subjects, from working to relaxing.

The choice of title seems particularly appropriate, since it applies not only to the horses themselves, but to this striking and effective study of them. Power and Grace belongs on every horse-lover’s shelf, but perhaps somewhere nearer to the top of the bookcase. Some of the action photographs may be just a bit too “educational” for the youngest readers.

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