Showcasing equine photography

The ground-breaking work of John Reardon, a long-time photographer for CPL, is highlighted in a new exhibition currently running in London.

John Reardon (1951-2018) photographed stallions owned by our client Darley in America, Japan, Europe and Australia from 2000-2016, pictures that graced advertisements, brochures, pedigree cards and much more.

(after) Whistlejacket, Contemporary Equine Photographs by John Reardon, is at the MMX Gallery, 448 New Cross Road, London SE14 6TY from 2 June –1 July from 12-6pm on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and from 12-5pm on Saturdays. Admission is free. Tel: 020 8692 6728.

This is the first time these photographs have been put on public display. As Darley's Creative Consultant Jocelyn Targett writes in an essay that accompanies the exhibition: "These photographs of thoroughbred stallions raced by Sheikh Mohammed of Dubai's Godolphin stable, began as a half-derided summer job – 'Just commercial work!' Reardon would wince. It lasted 16 years, almost until his death at 66 five years ago.

Back when it all began – on the eve of his 50th birthday and after photographing 14 wars and untold natural disasters for news pages and Sunday supplements, the kind of stark, stylish foreign forays that newspaper budgets would less and less stretch to – he might have feared that he was retiring to grass. In fact, it was to be one last wild ride."

The hoof belongs to Cape Cross, who sired one of the all-time greats, Sea The Stars.

That arching neck? King’s Best, sire, too, of a Derby winner.

The dappled grey by a matching wall is Sagamix, hero of Europe’s greatest race, the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

The silhouette in the trees, Mark Of Esteem, winner of the 2,000 Guineas under jockey Frankie Dettori back in 1996.

Dubawi photographed at Dalham Hall Stud, Newmarket, 2009.

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