Racetrack (Page Version)
Moments of unusual revelation seem to occur in public space within the comforting anonymity of a crowd. This project began as a series of 35mm images at racetracks, first in 1976 in Montevideo, Uruguay and subsequently in 1978 and ‘79 in the New York metropolitan area at Aqueduct and Belmont racetracks. I expanded the project in the mid-1990s, working in medium format and making portraits at racetracks in other parts of the U.S. and overseas.
The two to three minutes of a thoroughbred horse race provides a dramatic arc, particularly given that money is a stake. Each race generates a certain intensity that’s preceded by anticipation and followed by a reckoning. While I was initially drawn to the subject by the spectacle, what quickly began to interest me more was the individual.