ABOUT

“You fill up the frame with feelings, energy, discovery, and risk, and leave room enough for someone else to get in there."

- Joel Meyerowitz

Wild horse photographer Maria Marriott smiling for the camera.

BIO

Maria Marriott earned her degree in Photojournalism from Pontifícia Universidade Católica (PUC) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil,  and went on to graduate from the New York Institute of Photography.

 

An internationally award-winning photographer, Maria's work has been featured in a variety of publications, which includes a collaboration with noted journalist Elizabeth McCall on

"An Ode to Wild Horses", a photo essay for the publication "Calling All Horse Girls."

 

Her intimate, minimalistic style, and use of light and movement evoke a sense of emotion and awe in the viewer for the American Wild.

 

Maria's current concentration uses her art to bring attention to the plight of the American Wild Mustangs.

LETTER FROM THE ARTIST

Made in Brazil ... established in the USA. A camera loaded with film and a guest bathroom transformed into a dark room were all I needed growing up. The nature surrounding the city, the mystery of the ocean, and the sovereignty of the mountains became my escape from the hectic life in Rio de Janeiro.

 

From early on my lens searched for the beauty, emotion, and spirit of people and nature. Photojournalism assignments challenged me to create a language in visual story telling, which felt more natural to me than writing.

My love for horses led me to a years-long project tracking and photographing American mustangs throughout the west. Spending countless hours with wild mustangs, observing their dynamics and behavior, revealed to me a (hidden) world that most people don’t realize exists. I am compelled to use my skill as a photographer to share with you what I have seen and to bring awareness to the issue these majestic creatures currently face - the ever present threat to their safety and freedom.

Each person views a photograph from their own unique perspective and emotions, triggered by our own life experiences. My hope is that my work will invite you to wonder, imagine, dream and smile... That you will be inspired to get out and experience the beauty that is the American Wild.

Signature of wild horse photographer Maria Marriott

AWARDS & EXHIBITS

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CREMELLO DUST (COLOR) - INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS

Honorable Mention Winner

2022

CREMELLO DUST (COLOR) - INTERNATIONAL COLOR AWARDS

Honorable Mention Winner

PX3-THE PRIX OF LA PHOTOGRAPHIE PARIS

2021

SERENE - INTERNATIONAL MONOCHROME AWARDS

Honorable Mention Winner

2021

BEFORE THE STORM (SERIES) - BIFA: BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS

Honorable Mention Winner

2021

BLUE'S BAND - 16TH BLACK & WHITE SPIDE AWARDS

Honorable Mention

2021

THE FACE OF RESILIENCE - BIFA: BUDAPEST INTERNATIONAL PHOTO AWARDS

Honorable Mention

2021

CREMELLO DUST (BW) - 16TH BLACK & WHITE SPIDER AWARDS

Nominee

2021

SERENE - 16TH BLACK & WHITE SPIDER AWARDS

Nominee

2021

WILD INNOCENCE - IPA: INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Honorable Mention Winner

2021

AMERICAN WILD: THE FACES OF THE AMERICAN MUSTANGS (SERIES)

IPA: INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Honorable Mention Winner

2021

ONAQUI WILD - IPA: INTERNATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Honorable Mention Winner

2021

BLUE'S BAND - 7TH FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

Nominee

2020

WILD UNDER SUNRISE - 7TH FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

NOMINEE

2020

CREMELLO DUST (BW) - INTERNATIONAL MONOCROME AWARDS

Honorable Mention Winner

2020

WILD INNOCENCE II - BLANK WALL GALLERY | Athens

2021

TANGO
DESERT GRAYS

CREMELLO DUST (COLOR)

BEYOND THE MOUNTAINS - JB GALLERY | Loomis, CA

PRESS

Calling All Horse Girls | USA | Fall 2021

Horse & Style Magazine | USA | Summer 2021

65 Degrees Carmel By The Sea Magazina | USA | July/August 2020

Horseman's News | USA | April 2020

Horse Tales | USA | March/April 2020

The Chronicle of the Horse | USA | March 2020

Think Horsemanship 02 | Australia | March 2020

Cowboys & Indians Magazine | USA | February/March 2020

Cowgirl Magazine | USA | January/February 2019

The Horse Report | Australia | December 2018