This gem of a photograph was produced when a person named Peter Thomann clicked his camera at a very precise moment in the year 1963. Thomann was a world-renowned German photojournalist who received praise for his works from all over the world. He also worked for Stern magazine later on. The Soul of a Horse is actually a collection of 40 black and white photographs of horses taken by Thomann in different locations around the globe. Thomann took these photographs over a period of 35 years. The centerpiece of this collection is the photograph that I am presenting to you today. It is called “Mare with Foal” and the photo was taken near Dulmen in Germany.
The photograph shows a white foal running in sync with a black mare in the background. Both the animals are almost perfectly positioned. The running foal looks like a miniature version of the running mare. The best part of the photograph is that the legs of both mare and the foal are touching at one converging point. Silhouette of a tree on the right side is making up for a good frame.
Among the photographs that I have included in this on-going series on famous photographs, this is the second photo that features a horse. The first one was Sallie Gardner, a mare that was used to shoot the world’s first motion picture.
For this photo, Peter Thomann won the 1963 World Press Photo Award. This beautiful photograph is well-recognized all over the world. It has gained an iconic photograph status in the world of photography. and in 1978 it was used to develop the Kentucky Horse Park logo. The park was opened near Lexington. This photograph also inspired the icon on the vehicle registration plates in state of Kentucky. Peter Thomann, however, filed a legal suit and got the icon removed from the registration plate. The Kentucky Horse Park, on the other hand, made an agreement with Thomann and keep their logo.
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