Collection: Melodie McDaniel

For the last thirty years, the streets of Compton have been the stomping grounds of a youth riding and equestrian program under the leadership of Mayisha Akbar. Designed to provide the kids of Compton with meaningful year-round after-school activities, members not only learn to ride, but to care for their horses – developing responsibility, discipline, and self-esteem.

The project Riding Through Compton pairs three years of documentary photographs and formal portraits by photographer Melodie McDaniel. The joy, focus and confidence of the riders are apparent throughout the series, made all the more powerful by the largely incongruous nature of the riders’ surroundings. McDaniel pursued this project with an exhaustive and patient journalistic state of mind — but by shooting the pictures in black-and-white, she anchors the work not only in the evocative and informational sensibility of reportage but also in the broader cultural history of classic equestrian photography, and of both sport and courtly portraiture more generally.

7 products
  • Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Adrina at Sr. Cliff's Texan-style burritos), 2017
    Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Adrina at Sr. Cliff's Texan-style burritos), 2017
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  • Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Smile, Nathan with Charlie), 2017
    Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Smile, Nathan with Charlie), 2017
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  • Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Nathan with Charlie), 2017
    Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Nathan with Charlie), 2017
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  • Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Edwin with Fury), 2017
    Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Edwin with Fury), 2017
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  • Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (In Competition), 2016
    Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (In Competition), 2016
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  • Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Randy with Fury), 2015
    Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Randy with Fury), 2015
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    €1.500,00
  • Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Side Saddle), 2017
    Melodie McDaniel - Riding Through Compton (Side Saddle), 2017
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    €1.500,00
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    €1.500,00