Zenyatta now has a place of honor among the most photographic racehorses of the era. His fine art portrait shot in black and white on film is one of the highlights of a prestigious Manhattan gallery exhibition and a book of fine art photographs titled “American Thoroughbred.” Fine art photographer Neil Latham has photographed America’s greatest racehorses, but says Zenyatta was the horse that best captured the essence of the thoroughbred.
“It’s all about the eyes with Zenyatta,” says Latham. “His eyes reveal his soul; it is such a deep creature. We made a very special connection that day of the photo shoot.
Zenyatta’s portrait is one of 26 images selected for the gallery’s exclusive exhibition. He was selected from 6,000 images taken during the three-year project which sent the photographer with a huge studio set up from Saratoga to Kentucky to Southern California in his quest to portray the intrinsic nature of the breed.
Legendary horse farms have opened for Latham to photograph their multi-million dollar horses including Stonestreet Farm, Lane’s End, Coolmore, Gainsway, Spendthrift Farm, Ramsey Farm and Adena Springs. Latham also shot at racetracks and endangered himself in paddocks with runaway horses. He has photographed thoroughbred superstars such as AP Indy, Curlin, Tapit, Rachel Alexandra, Ghostzapper and Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.
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Zenyatta is a great coffee table book culmination consisting of 182 pages with 80 duotones showcasing the mastery of light and shadow you expect from painstaking Ansel Adams-style photography, developing and engraving. The footage is a mix of intriguing studio isolation shots of muscles gleaming after the breeze, lofty portraits and wild, unbridled shots of horses rushing and kicking up dust, giving the images a magical effect.
“As an artist, I’m intrigued by the juxtaposition of strength and power with beauty and fragility,” says Latham. “I wanted to illustrate determination and character through tense muscles and streaked veins after a fast run, and capture the wild spirit of a charging herd.”
This limited edition book, “American Thoroughbred” by Neil Latham, was published by Twin Palms, and is bound and slipped for quality presentation. It sells for $95 and is available from the publisher at https://twinpalms.com/books-artists/american-thoroughbred/ or on Amazon (ISBN: 978-1-936611-12-6). It can also be purchased at the Steven Kasher Gallery in New York until the end of July.
The Beauty of Zenyatta is the culmination of an ongoing exhibition in Manhattan at the Steven Kasher Gallery through the end of July. The exhibition features 26 large-scale black and white photographs illustrating Latham’s unique perspective and technique.
Each limited edition fine art photograph is hand-printed with huge custom-made enlargers and equipment, developed in large pans of chemicals and hand-corrected in the manner of artisans from the earliest days of photography. Each individual print is a masterpiece and is available in limited numbers in a few sizes up to 50 x 60 inches for maximum impact. They are finished on archival paper with museum framing and artist signature.
“Neil Latham: American Thoroughbred” featuring Zenyatta’s portrayal among his equine peers, will be on view through July 30, 2016 at Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 W. 26th St., New York, NY. Gallery hours through July 8 are Tuesday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Summer hours begin July 11, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition ends on July 30. For more information on the exhibition, see www.stevenkasher.com/artists/neil-latham.
American Thoroughbred has developed a number of Instagram followers, see @neil_american_thoroughbred. The photographer’s website is www.neillatham.com.