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Massimo Sciacca February 17, 2010

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in England.
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Royal Ascot Race. Berkshire, England 2008

Massimo Sciacca (b.1965, Italy) joined the Lucky Star photo agency in 1991 and covered various stories including the first days of the war in the former Yugoslavia and the free elections in Albania in 1992. In March 1997 he photographed the peoples’ rebellion in Albania. One of the photographs in this series was awarded a prize from the World Press Photo Contest. From 1998 to 2004 he has been on the staff of the Contrasto Agency, Italy. In 2002, he photographed completed a long term project on the largest prison of Manila  called “The Paper Tiger”. He is currently a member of Prospekt Photographers Agency and is based in Milan, Italy.

About the Photograph:

“This photograph was taken during the Royal Ascot in Berkshire England, the world’s most famous horse race. The ladies were standing in front of the horse path waiting for Her Majesty the Queen of England on her horse-drawn carriage. I wanted to show the atmosphere of the event- the British fever for horse racing, betting, drinking and singing national songs. Next to the high society and the Royal family there were the three hundred thousand middle class who invade Ascot each year. They are looking to feel and be part of the event as if  finally realizing a dream. Royal Ascot has a strict dress code and it has become an excuse to transform the horse race into a fashion show. Men dress formally including a top hat while the ladies must not show bare midriffs or shoulders and cover their heads. The woman’s hats are actually the real players of the Royal Ascot event.”

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