July-August 2014 | HORSE SENSE




New York City photographer Jayne Silberman displays her love of Eastern Shore equines in her exquisite picture book, In the Herd

Written By: Nick Brandi

Jayne Silberman is an award-winning New York City photographer and experienced equestrian who fell in love with the wild horses of Assateague back in 2008, when she was down there to photograph a foal sired by her Andalusian stallion, Amador TCV. Over the course of the next two years, Silberman returned 15 times to photograph the Maryland and Virginia herds. The result is In the Herd: A Photographic Journey with the Chincoteague Ponies and Assateague Horses.

The beautiful picture book contains more than 136 gallery-quality images from an artist talented enough to win first place in the 2009 Ex Arte Equinus International Equine Art Competition, with two of her images on permanent display at the Maryland Visitors’ Center on Assateague Island.

In the Herd depicts not just the resonant images that capture the timeless beauty of her subjects in their native environment but also the subtle complexities of the relationships between and among them. To achieve this, Silberman has drawn heavily on her keen understanding of human behavioral dynamics, which she received from her formal studies at both Smith College and New York University.

With many of the evocative portraits offering explanatory captions, Silberman’s equine photo odyssey will give the interested reader not just a real but even a surreal view of these mysterious creatures, still somehow unsullied by the encroachment of mankind. Her talent takes you closer to the subject than you would likely ever get on your own and offers a level of precious, fragile intimacy that will make you feel not only as if you were living among them but actually accepted by them.

It’s a sublime coffee-table book (and lovely gift idea) for anyone who revels in the wild majesty of the Eastern Shore.
In the Herd: A Photographic Journey with the Chincoteague Ponies and Assateague Horses
By Jayne M. Silberman
160 pages (hardcover)
Andover Press (2012)

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