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Sarah Hoskins’ sensitive look on rodeo in the 1980s


In her series Racetracks and Rodeos, photographer Sarah Hoskins followed the protagonists of this famous American show, mostly before and after the action. The results are soft and unusual images. I was heading back to Chicago after an extensive road trip and made a short stop in Cheyenne, WY long enough to learn that I had just missed “The granddaddy of them all.” “You need to come back, its the biggest and best rodeo there is” was repeated everywhere from the diner to the western wear shop where I stopped long enough to try on a pair of boots that I could not afford, but was allowed to put on layaway with $10 in cash. The boots eventually paid off and sent to my Chicago apartment. The next year I put them on and went back to Cheyenne and so it began. At that time, I had a 1984 Ford F150 pick-up truck with a stick shift on the floor and a cap on the back, my rodeo road home. I stayed in a camp ground for about $8 bucks a night...

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