Barbara D. Livingston Photojournalist
Thursday Sept 20, 2007 at 12 p.m. (ET)
Livingston, who has been photographing horse racing for more than 35 years, is widely recognized as one of the sport’s top photographers. She has twice been recognized with racing’s highest honor, the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Photography.
Barbara’s work has graced the covers of countless racing books and magazines, and she is a regular contributor to racing’s top weekly, The Blood-Horse.
Barbara’s work has also appeared in mainstream publications such as Newsweek, People, Sports Illustrated (including their two-page ‘Leading Off’ spread), ESPN The Magazine, GQ, and on the covers of TV Guide and Vanity Fair. Her photos have also appeared on MTV, MSNBC, CBS Sunday Morning, ESPN, HBO, and Entertainment Tonight.
Eclipse Press has published three previous books by Barbara: Four Seasons of Racing (1998); Old Friends (2002); and Barbara Livingston’s Saratoga: Images from the Heart (2005). Additionally, she has her own popular Thoroughbred racing Web site, www.barbaralivingston.com, where examples of her equine biographical work and photo journals may be viewed in its archives.Her extensive photographic record spans approximately seventy years. Barbara graduated with a BFA/Experimental Photography from Syracuse University. She lives in Saratoga Springs, New York.
You are like the best horse racing photographer EVER!! I love all your photos! I just want to ask one question. Do you have any pictures of Rags to Riches, Octave, and Panty Raid all together?
I'm afraid I don't have a photo of them all together, although I sure like the idea! I generally lack the nerve to ask trainers for such shots, as their horses are so very valuable. I heard those three particular ladies were stabled near each other at Saratoga but, the few times I went to Todd's barn, Octave and Rags to Riches' stalls weren't very near each other.
Mark Hennig once had me photograph his three millionaires owned by Edward Evans: Gold Mover, Raging Fever, and Summer Colony. That's an opportunity I'll always be grateful for, and it really was a fun shoot! The mares were much kinder about it than I thought they'd be. And what a moment in history!
Thanks so much for your kind words and interesting question.
Los Angeles, CA:
Barbara, digi or film?
Nowadays, digi...but I was slow to convert completely! And I've kept my film cameras just, well...because.
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