“Horsemen of the Americas”, is a personal study of a breed of man whose culture and relationship to its natural habitat has continued to adapt and evolve over 400 years. These working horsemen, though seldom recognized, have been a pillar of the economy and the history of the Americas since the time of the Conquest. In the United States and Canada these horsemen are called cowboys, in Mexico they are known as charros, in Ecuador as chagras, in Colombia and Venezuela as llaneros, in Peru as chalanes and qorilazos, in Chile they are called the huasos, Brazil has its pantaneiros and vaqueiros, and Uruguay and Argentina’s the gauchos.
“Man and horse is the most formidable partnership ever forged between two living beings. Through an intrinsic bond with the land, a philosophy of masculinity, freedom and courage, these magnificent centaurs invented a new way of life, and continue today, though their number has dwindled. A way of life is surely disappearing: their traditions, their languages, and their particular legacy is being lost forever”, Fabini says. Fabini started working on this project in 2004, and has spent an average of eight months a year on the road since then. He will be looking for a book publisher and exhibition opportunity over the next year as he concludes the 8 year project. To see more of Luis Fabini’s work click here.
2010 / Qorilazos / Peru, Chumbivilcas. Juan Carlos Vidal Patino Monroy.
2010 Vaqueiros / Brazil, Sertao. Working in the corrals with a bull.
2008 / Chagras / Ecuador, Cotopaxi Páramo. Wild horses round-up 14.000 feet high.
2005 / Gauchos / Uruguay, Tacuarembo. Cattle herder.
2010 / Huasos / Chile, Central Andes. Foreman Luciano Miranda Araya ropes a wild stallion.
2006 / Gauchos / Brazil, Bagé. Team of horsemen, in full swing during a paleteada, consisting of two horsemen galloping alongside a running cow, pressing the animal’s shoulders tightly, leading the run-away cow and thereby changing its direction.
2009 / Cowboys / USA, Nebraska. Open-range branding during the spring round-up.
2009 / Cowboys / USA, Nebraska. Cord Haythorn.
2009 / Cowboys / USA, Texas. Range crew leaving camp to make a drive.