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Wild horse photographer Maria Marriott walking in a field with several wild horses


"The most persuasive form of advocacy can come from art."

~ Maria Marriott, Horse Photographer


An award winning horse photographer who has dedicated her craft to telling visual stories about the American wild horses, Maria Marriott hope is that her photography inspires others to protect our public lands and the mustangs.


Maria earned her degree in Journalism in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and went on to graduate from the New York Institute of Photography. Her wild horse art collections have been recognized for the emotional impact they convey in portraying these iconic creatures. Her equine portraits have won high honors in several international photography competitions.


Maria’s style of horse photography incorporates striking compositions, intimate and minimalistic, along with the use of a primarily monochromatic color palette. Free of distractions, her work evokes strong emotions and tells compelling stories. Through her lens, she seeks to foster an appreciation for the untamed wilderness, believing that the most persuasive form of advocacy can come through art.

Maria's work has been featured in a variety of publications, including Cowboys & Indians, 65 Degrees Carmel By The Sea, and many other equestrian magazines throughout the U.S. and Australia. Of special note is her collaboration with journalist Elizabeth McCall on "An Ode to Wild Horses", a photo essay for the publication "Calling All Horse Girls."


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 and spirit of people and nature. Photojournalism assignments challenged me to create a language in visual storytelling, 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. In the heart of the American wilderness, I found my muse. Spending countless hours with wild horses, observing their dynamics and behavior, revealed to me a (hidden) world that most people don’t realize exists.


I believe that there is a strong connection between the American wild horses and the American identity. As I travel the untamed landscapes of the West, capturing the grace and beauty of the mustangs as a wild horse photographer, my aim is to create artwork and tell the stories that evoke that connection. 


To this end, there is a sense of both the real and the mythological in my images. Visual narratives through which people can see the wild horses in a different way - and may actually see themselves more clearly in the process. 


Signature of wild horse photographer Maria Marriott


NEOQUE eMagazine | Italy | Spring 2024

Calling All Horse Girls | USA | Fall 2021

Horse & Style Magazine | USA | Summer 2021

65 Degrees Carmel By The Sea Magazine | 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

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