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Cover Girl: Zenyatta featured in fine art photography book and New York gallery exhibit – Horse Racing News

Zenyatta now has a place of honor among the most photographic racehorses of the time. His fine art portrait in black and white on film is one of the highlights of a prestigious Manhattan gallery exhibition and of a book of fine art photographs called “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 a matter of eyes with Zenyatta,” Latham said. “His eyes reveal his soul; she is such a deep creature. We made a very special bond that day of the photoshoot.

Zenyatta’s portrait is one of 26 images selected for the gallery’s exclusive exhibition. It was selected from 6,000 images taken during the three-year project that sent the photographer with a huge studio in Saratoga, Kentucky, Southern California on his quest to portray the inherent 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.

Art photography book

Zenyatta is a culmination of the 182-page coffee table ledger with 80 duotones featuring the mastery of light and shadow you’d expect from Ansel Adams-style photography, development, and printmaking. The footage is a mix of intriguing studio isolation shots of muscles shining after the breeze, lofty portraits and wild, unbridled shots of runaway horses raising dust, giving the footage a magical effect.

“As an artist, I am intrigued by the juxtaposition of strength and power with beauty and fragility,” explains Latham. “I wanted to exemplify determination and character through tight muscles and running 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 nested for a quality presentation. It costs $ 95 and is available from the publisher at or from 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.

Exhibition at the New York Gallery

The beauty of Zenyatta is the highlight of an ongoing Manhattan exhibition at the Steven Kasher Gallery through the end of July. The exhibition features 26 large-scale black and white photographs depicting Latham’s unique perspective and technique.

Each limited edition fine art photograph is hand-printed with enlargers and massive bespoke equipment, developed in large pots of chemicals and hand-corrected in the manner of the artisans of the early 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 the portrait of Zenyatta among his equine peers, will be on view until July 30, 2016 at the Steven Kasher Gallery, 515 W. 26th St., New York, NY. The opening hours of the gallery until July 8 are Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Daylight saving hours begin July 11, Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The exhibition ends July 30. For more information on the exhibition, see artists / neil-latham.

The American Thoroughbred has developed a lot of followers on Instagram, see @neil_american_thoroughbred. The photographer’s website is

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