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Racing Days
     

Racing Days

by Henry Horenstein
 

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Racing Days Henry Horenstein and Brendan Boyd, In an evocative blend of ninety striking black-and-white photographs by Henry Horenstein and seventy trenchant essays by Brendan Boyd, "Racing Days captures the gritty yet elegant essence of a fascinating closed universe-the Thoroughbred racetrack. "Both the photos...and the text...are exceptionally fine. The book

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Racing Days Henry Horenstein and Brendan Boyd, In an evocative blend of ninety striking black-and-white photographs by Henry Horenstein and seventy trenchant essays by Brendan Boyd, "Racing Days captures the gritty yet elegant essence of a fascinating closed universe-the Thoroughbred racetrack. "Both the photos...and the text...are exceptionally fine. The book will please any fan of the sport of kings."

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Both the photos, by Rhode Island School of Design faculty member Horenstein, and the text, by syndicated columnist Boyd (The Great American Baseball Card Book), are exceptionally fine. The camera is focused principally on race track habitues from grooms, clockers and trainers to vendors of tout sheets, jockeys and, above all, bettorsthe affluent ready to walk to the $50 window and the not-so-affluent standing in line to plunk down $2. The text presents details of what each task at the track involves, from the exercise boys who take the horses out early in the morning to the valets who put away the jockeys' silks after the day's card is over and the stoopers who pick up discarded tickets hoping to find a winning ticket inadvertently thrown away. The book will please any fan of the sport of kings. First serial to American Photographer. (December 30)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Boyd's wonderfully lyrical text accompanies Horenstein's superb photographs to evoke the atmosphere of the racetrack. Boyd uses his personal experiences as a racetrack groom and bettor to elicit images of track scenes and characters. One-page capsule vignettes about grooms, touts, and farriers, as well as pre-race barn activities, the race and its aftermath, complement the photos. Humor and pathos combined with insight into the human condition and literary and cultural allusions set this book apart from the average horseracing book. Highly recommended for photo and/or sports collections in academic and public libraries. Susan Hamburger, Florida State Univ. Lib., Tallahassee

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780966677614
Publisher:
Pond Press
Publication date:
03/01/1999
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
10.60(w) x 10.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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Meet the Author

Horenstein is author of over 30 books, including monographs , published by Viking, Chronicle, powerHouse, Stewart, Tabori, Change, and Pond Press Henry's textbooks have been widely used by photography students worldwide, including Black & White Photography, published by Little, Brown, which has sold close to 700,000 copies to date. Henry is a professor of photography at Rhode Island School of Design.

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