Congratulations to Melissa Shook on the publication of My Suffolk Downs (http://pressed-wafer.blogspot.com/2012/01/my-suffolk-downs-by-melissa-shook.html), about which George Kalogeris writes:
"Melissa Shook's gift combines a documentary-photographer's eye and and ear perfectly pitched for vernacular. Her subject is the backside workers of the Suffolk Downs racetrack: the all too often broken down, troubled, bleak yet enduring lives of the hot-walkers, stall-muckers, horse-shoers, grooms and trainers . . . . Her book is a thrilling integration of common idiom, stoic clarity, and generous energy."
To this I would add: these are masterful photos with wonderful grays; Shook presents the clear, unsentimental voices of workers for whom the track is a mixed fate, voices gritty and gallant.