Sunday marks the final day of competition at The Hampton Classic horse show with the marquee event, the $300,000 Hampton Classic Grand Prix, closing the show. It is the grand finale of the Hamptons summer party season and regularly attracts the biggest celebrities and boldface names from the worlds of entertainment, fashion, media and finance. While many come for the social scenery, at the heart of this event is the Grand Prix competition featuring the sport’s best show jumpers.
Neil Latham is a British fine art photographer whose body of work, “American Thoroughbred”, was recently exhibited at Steven Kasher gallery in New York. This phenomenal collection of large-scale black and white portraits showcases America’s greatest race horses, along with an accompanying monograph American Thoroughbred. We profiled the artist and his work in June: Neil Latham: American Thoroughbred. What makes these images so unique is their graphic simplicity and the way they are created. He constructs a studio on site, photographing the animals in front of a massive black backdrop, 20 feet tall by 36 feet wide.
BRIANNE GOUTAL ON ONIRA
Keeping the focus equestrian again for his next project, Latham has turned his lens and backdrop to show jumping and the Grand Prix. He has begun photographing a new series called “American Jumper”, that features the premier equestrians and their horses, with plans for an exhibition and art book in 2018. STYLE of SPORT has been collaborating with him on this project, and very excited to debut this sneak peak at a few of the top riders and horses he has photographed so far: Georgina Bloomberg on Crown, Brianne Goutal on Onira, and Sydney Shulman on Cosmeo.