"The horse is a highly sensitive intuitive creature. My experiences with wild and domestic horses have had a longterm grip on my photography practice. I spend a good deal of my time photographing wild horses in the western states in order to advocate to keep their lives free on our public lands."
Tori Gagne was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota; she earned a BFA in Fine Art Photography from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. Her love of photography began in grade school, working with a pinhole camera and developing film in the darkroom in her family home. She was deeply influenced by her mother and brother who were both professional photographers.
Tori has a retired off-the-track thoroughbred who has led her deeper into the magical world of the horse, leading her to devote much of her work to photographing equine subjects. She has a special affinity for wild horse photography and is happiest on a dirt road in the western states seeking herds of wild horses to photograph, advocating for them through her work. Gagne's equine images celebrate the magical world of the horse.
"There is something very special and spiritual about standing in the high desert in complete silence, experiencing the vast US western lands, the land of our beloved wild horses who are under threat from multiple pressures on US public lands."
Tori has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She has received International awards for her work and has work in private collections nationally and internationally. She currently resides in her hometown of Orono, MN. 10% of proceeds from selling her equine work is donated to organizations involved in the protection and education about the plight of the wild horse population in the western US.
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