Norman Mauskopf, Dark Horses, 1988

Dust jacket back and front

Dust jacket back and front


It was such a pleasure to discover this classically-composed and designed photobook. Norman Mauskopf’s photographic essay explores the world of horse racing, with his almost traditional, yet quietly solid, photographic language. Seen as a whole the work can verge on the picturesque, but Mauskopf’s perfect compositions are not without a sense of satire and social comment, especially in the details. This project took four years and was shot in locations as far afield as Santa Anita, Saratoga, Chantilly and Epsom. Despite belonging to that period of photobook publishing which recently fallen out of fashion, this book still deserves recognition. A photobook treasure waiting to be discovered by collectors. Luckily still available to order directly from the publisher.
Wonderfully printed in sheet-fed gravure on matt paper.

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Introduction by (American writer) Bill Barich

Published by Twin Palms Publishers in 1988

Hard cover with dust jacket

App. 33.5 x 26.0 cm

104 pages