Sunday, January 17, 2016

Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody by Karen S. Davis

It's the 10th Anniversary of
Hard cover, 112 full-color glossy pages, with photo jacket
* BUY 1 GET 1 FREE *

Beautiful and evocative photographs.” Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Get your copy of the classic book and one for a friend here!
$65 for 2 — January only!
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The only full-color photo book exalting the life of thoroughbreds at
dawn, taken at the world's most beautiful track.

Every behind-the-scenes photograph is a work of art,
revealing Davis's unmistakable passion for horse and place.

“All of the moments that define the morning at Santa Anita are captured in the stunning photography of this book.”
Eddie Delahoussaye, National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Jockey

“Magnificent! A beautifully rendered dream.”
Jim Wilson, Oscar-winning producer, Dances With Wolves

“Karen's photography is superb! She's tremendously talented.”
Laura Hillenbrand, author, Seabiscuit: An American Legend

Karen S. Davis has been photographing her adventures around the globe since she was five years old, capturing presidents, prime ministers, and princes; animals, actors, and astronauts—even the inside of Space Shuttle Columbia, from the commander's seat.

Photographer, writer and editor, singer and composer, actor and director, she has won awards in many of these fields and starred in theatre and film, had her own TV variety hour, and recorded a CD of original songs. She has sung at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Hollywood Bowl, Walt Disney Concert Hall, and many other concert venues in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

In three years she earned magna cum laude degrees in English and history and world-class journalism credentials from London's Times and Regional Newspapers. While in England she studied acting with Dame Judi Dench and was directed by E. Martin Browne (who brought T.S. Eliot to theatre). In the U.S. she was honored to study at the American Center for Music Theatre with the genre’s original masters.

Davis, listed in Who's Who in America, is an American author, photographer, editor, actor, and  singer-songwriter.  She is the author-photographer of Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody, the first coffee table book to document morning thoroughbred horse training at a racetrack. Her CD of love songs, Someone Loves, which she composed, arranged, and sings, sells worldwide.

Davis pioneered a niche market in equine photography. In 2006 a small press in San Francisco published her photography book, Santa Anita Morning Rhapsody, portraying thoroughbred training at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, California.

The book renders in photographs the unfamiliar behind-the-scenes racetrack routine and horse care essential to the sport of horse racing. In place of narrative, Davis inserted William Shakespeare equine quotations. She photographed her subjects in all seasons and arranged the photos to unfold a typical day in the life of a race horse, which begins before dawn. As the sun rises she travels through stables, along the racecourse, under the grandstand, past the famous statue of Seabiscuit in the paddock, and back to the barns, all against the backdrop of Southern California's majestic San Gabriel Mountains.

Horse trainer Richard Mandella and jockey Eddie Delahoussaye, both in the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame, wrote the book's introduction and preface. Delahoussaye said, "All of the moments that define the morning at Santa Anita are captured in the stunning photography of this book." 

Davis and her book have received warm acclaim and have been featured on Horse Racing TV (HRTV),  ESPN radio, and Time-Warner Cable television. Davis' photographs and book are on display in private and public venues around the world.  She was a featured author at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books from 2006 to 2011.

Learn more about the book and its photographer-author from Horse Racing TV:

It's the 10th Anniversary of
Hard cover, 112 full-color glossy pages, with photo jacket
* BUY 1 GET 1 FREE *

“Karen’s book is a beautiful collection of photographs and quotations, creating a unique portrait of Santa Anita Racetrack that you will treasure forever. I keep a copy in my barn office to share with visitors and horse-lovers. Recommended reading.”

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