“My whole goal was to capture the essence of the Thoroughbred.” Neil Latham’s American Thoroughbred

Tapit. Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York. Neil Latham: American Thoroughbred, June 9th – July 30th 2016.

Tapit. Courtesy Steven Kasher Gallery, New York. Neil Latham: American Thoroughbred, June 9th – July 30th 2016.

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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