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Goats and Sheep.
A Portrait Farm.

Photographs by Kevin Horan. Text by Elena Passarello.
Five Continents Editions, 2019. In English. 112 pp., 60 duotone illustrations, 9x12½".

Signed copies available!

Publisher's Description

When American photographer Kevin Horan moved from city to country, his new neighbours—sheep—greeted him in a chorus of such different voices that he imagined they were individuals. In-depth experience in making portraits of humans made him wonder if the process could be applied to these creatures as well.

Treated as customers of the local photo studio, they seem to have personalities. Perhaps they do, and the photograph allows us to see them. Or perhaps the language of the photo cues us to see them as non-human persons. We respond to gesture in such an elemental way. It’s in our nervous system. It is what photography is so good at catching. It is what actors are good at producing. It is how we communicate with one another non-verbally.

This is a stunning work about portraiture: what it does and how it works. These pictures ask for engagement of our own feelings about the souls within other beings, human or otherwise, and how visible they are from out here.

The world around us is pulsing with life and intelligence, even if we don’t know what to make of it or how to connect. While it is plain to anyone carefully observing that these farm animals do indeed have individual personalities, Horan asks himself: How can I be certain I’ve captured them? Can I bridge the cross-species gap? Who’s in there? What is going on in that brain, inside the goat’s mind? Every portrait is a work of fiction.

These farm species have lived alongside us—served us—from the earliest times. If we care enough to give our attention in a focused way, the result is beauty and homage. They are worthy of that. When we draw a hard line between humans and everything else, we make the world a smaller place—for us.  A place where we spend all our efforts obsessed with our own tribe . . . a less interesting place.

SIGNED copies are signed on a tipped in vellum sheet and include a 2¾' × 3½' original signed print selected at random from the images in the book.


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