The Bedford/Pound Ridge Record Review September 12, 2003, by Don Heppner
Horseplay takes on a new and creative meaning when Marc Jaffe, a South Salem photographer, gets involved with taking pictures of the four- legged beasts. He chases them around a paddock, daring them to come only hooves away from his nose while he maintains a sure hand and snaps photographs with a different look.
“There are no tricks with the lens or digital enhancements,” Mr. Jaffe said. “What you see is what the camera sees.”
Mr. Jaffe’s venture in to photo-graphing horses began at the suggestion of Allen Reingold, curator of Northern Westchester Center for the Arts, who had been familiar with Mr. Jaffe’s work since the early 1980’s when Mr. Jaffe exhibited landscape photography at the center.
“I thought the images of horses were so powerful,” Mr. Reingold said. “They are absolutely riveting.”
Mr. Reingold is not only impressed with the results Mr. Jaffe achieves with his camera, but also he is amazed at Mr. Jaffe’s technique.
“If you have ever seen him work, he is courageous,” he said. “He just gets in there and look at the result. It is amazing. I love to watch him work.”
Michelle Oren, manager of Exceller Horse Farm in Poughquag, has witnessed the daring of Mr. Jaffe on a regular basis since June. Ms. Oren said when she saw Mr. Jaffe taking pictures for the first time she was more than a little concerned.
“The horses we have here are not your typical backyard horse,” she said. “When you stand in front of them you are not sure they are going to stop. The first time I saw him do this, I said to him, “Sign a release.”
Ms Oren explained that when Mr. Jaffe runs with the horses he gets some great pictures, types she has never seen another photographer produce. “I have six picture of Shadow Fax, a great thoroughbred, that I have hanging on one wall that present a story from a bunch of photographs.”
Referring to Mr. Jaffe’s work, Ms. Oren said it is different from anything she has seen in the past. “You can go into most any home where the people own horses and see pictures of their animals,” she said. “They will have the perfect portrait hanging. The horse is