Collection of the week: Michael Chevis

Collection of the week: Michael Chevis

Photographer Michael Chevis established his studio in 1977, and began to specialise in photographing polo having been introduced to the sport while still at school. Since then he has been commissioned by many equestrian and national magazines and is the official Pony Club Polo photographer.

His work has naturally involved photographing keen polo players the Prince of Wales and his sons, Princes William and Harry at major polo centres in England (especially Cowdray). Leading figures on the polo scene have also been captured by his camera, as well as other royal polo enthusiasts including Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret who appear frequently in his archives from the 1950s onwards.

Michael's collection not only includes his own photographs of the so-called 'sport of kings' but also a small but perfectly-formed set of photographs documenting rural life in the home counties. Whether you know polo or not, there are some real photographic gems here such as a lovely shot of a young Prince Charles feeding sugar lumps to a pony; polo champion Billy Wallace being presented with a trophy by Princess Margaret, with whom he was once romantically linked; and Prince Philip playing bicycle polo at Windsor in the 1960s. Click here for these and more.

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