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Marco Casino July 16, 2015

Posted by Geoffrey Hiller in Italy.

Weight Room at the San Siro Racetrack in Milan, Italy, 2012

Marco Casino (b. 1986, Italy) studied Biomedical engineering before becoming a a photographer. In March 2012, he won the Leica Talent 24×36 contest with the series The Death of Italian Horse Racing. The same year he was nominated ambassador for Leica Camera in Italy and founded the commercial agency Made in Milan. In 2014  he was a recipient of the annual scholarship grant from the Lucie Foundation and won the PDN Award and the the first prize in the Short Feature category from World Press Photo Multimedia Contest. His pictures has been published in National Geographic Proof, D di Repubblica, CNN and Wired among others. Marco is based between Milan and Turin and is represented by the LUZ Photo Agency.

About the Photograph: 

“Dario Vargiu, one of the best Italian riders, in the weight room at the end of a morning training session. A jockey must weigh as little as possible to prevent handicaps during the race.​ This picture was made during the Italian horse racing general strike. All the 43 race courses were closed in 2011. In February 2012​ after more than a month of a strike the race tracks reopened to the public. The real risk is that a quaint and charming world might forever disappear. A world that is responsible for countless personal and family economic downfalls but at the same time inspired writers, painters, designers, directors, and fueled the dreams of many small owners and punters helping to explain and enhance Italy abroad.”