For many people, the word “Fantasia” is likely to evoke images of Disney’s adorable multicolored pegasuses leaping through the air. But across northern Africa, “Fantasia” has an ancient — and fearsome — heritage.
Here, skilled horse riders recreate centuries-old war charges — including galloping at top speed in a line, before a spectacular finale.
Photographer Nadjib Rahmani captured hundreds of riders taking part in this ancient equestrian art at events across Algeria, with his spectacular images exhibited at the Sofitel, Algiers.
“When I see a horse rider at full gallop, brandishing their shotgun, and shooting all at the same time, while sometimes I’m 10 meters away — it is most impressive,” the 38-year-old says.
“I wanted to highlight the discipline, and show the importance of the relationship of men with their horses and the land.”