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and evocative photographs.” Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
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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.”
Delahoussaye, National Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame Jockey
beautifully rendered dream.”
Wilson, Oscar-winning producer, Dances With Wolves
“Karen's photography is
superb! She's tremendously talented.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
“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.”