At the Steven Kasher Gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea, the exhibitAmerican Thoroughbred features some of this country’s most famous racehorses: last year’s Triple Crown winner American Pharoah; 2009 Horse of the Year Rachel Alexandra; 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta.
The horse that inspired the exhibit boasts a far more modest résumé.
Several years ago, photographer Neil Latham was driving upstate from his New York City home shortly after the death of his mother when he spotted a horse in a nearby field. Growing up in rural England, he was used to being around horses; his mother had two of her own, and as a child, he’d been taken on a bareback equine joy ride by some of his neighbors.
There was something about this particular horse that arrested him.
“His shoulder was rippling with muscle,” Latham said recently in a telephone interview. “It reminded me of my mother’s muscular definition. She was an incredibly athletic woman. It sparked this curiosity in me, and that’s how this journey got started.”
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