The Horsemen of the Americas – Pictures of Working Cowboys by Luis Fabini

Luis Fabini became a photographer at the age of seven, when his father put a camera in his hand before the two went trekking across the Andes. Born in Montevideo, Uruguay, Luis has spent most of his life moving between South America, Europe and the United States, teaching himself photography on the way. He worked as a trekking guide and photographer in South America during his twenties, where he became fascinated with the working relationship between man and horse.

Luis now lives in New York City but still travels frequently in the Americas, developing his long-term project, ‘The Horsemen of the Americas’. This incredible collection of photos documents the lives of working cowboys–also known as chagras, vaqueiros, gauchos, huasos, and charros. This project has been a big part of his life since 2005. In the past 6 years alone, he’s visited 10 different countries in search of these remotely-situated, 21st-century cowboys.

To see more of Luis’s photography, visit his website or facebook page.

Chagras, Ecuador

Chagras, Ecuador

Vaqueiros, Sertao/ Brasil

Vaqueiros, Sertao/ Brasil

Cowboys at Pitchfork Ranch / Texas, USA

Cowboys at Pitchfork Ranch / Texas, USA

Vaqueiros, Brasil

Vaqueiros, Brasil

Cowboys at Haythorn Ranch, Nebraska / USA

Cowboys at Haythorn Ranch, Nebraska / USA

Gauchos, La Invernada Ranch, Uruguay

Gauchos, La Invernada Ranch, Uruguay

Chagras, Ecuador

Chagras, Ecuador

Guachos, Uruguay

Guachos, Uruguay

Cowboy, Pitchfork Ranch, Texas

Cowboy, Pitchfork Ranch, Texas

Huasos / Cordillera de los Andes, Chile

Huasos / Cordillera de los Andes, Chile

Chagras, Ecuador

Chagras, Ecuador

Cowboys / Haythorn Ranch, Nebraska

Cowboys / Haythorn Ranch, Nebraska

Chagras, Ecuador

Chagras, Ecuador

Charros, Mexico

Charros, Mexico

Chagras, Ecuador

Chagras, Ecuador

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  1. Richard Norton

    Awesome… Thank you!

  2. Susy Cinseros

    Excelente proyecto de trabajo, un placer ver las fotografías de este gran fotografo que es Luis Fabini.

  3. Antonio Solitario

    All of them are amazing but I really like the Black and White ones. They are what makes photography amazing!

    Thank you for sharing!

  4. Claudia

    Fabini pictures a man like man used to be: free, in the middle of the Nature which sometimes is his friend and sometimes his enemy.
    The only real friend who will never fail him is his own horse,
    I admire the bravery and the courage these photographs reflect: a life that is dissapearing into a highly techno and urban world and that must be the life of our ancestors in past time.
    Luis Fabini captures the savage beauty of this life, incredible real moments, no photoshop, no tricks, Just the wonderful beauty reality often offers to us. That moment, the present moment, captured forever with a camera lense and a click. Wonderful, Poetic, A work of Art.

    • Samuel Feistein

      This is a rare opportunity, almost like a spy into this amazing and solitary world, this pictures move us in deep unsuspected ways. I thank the photographer for his sharing this worlds amazing treasures.

  5. Jen

    really great pictures. landscape, horses, movement, everything.

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