CManchegoSports Photography Exhibit
In celebration of Latino Heritage Month, the Aiken Thoroughbred Racing Hall of Fame and Museum is hosting an photography exhibit by CManchegoSports. The exhibit is on exhibit through October 17, 2021.
Regular exhibition hours are Tuesday - Friday from 2 - 5 pm, Saturday from 10 am - 5 pm and Sunday from 2 - 5 pm.
The show is open to the public at no cost.
While many might associate the name Manchego with a quality Spanish cheese, within the horseracing community throughout the Americas, Manchego is a nickname for the talented and well-known Puerto Rican photographer, Carlos Calo, or Manchego. Manchego’s family is from Puerto Rico, but he was born in New York City, NY, making him a Nuyorican, or an individual of Puerto Rican descent living in New York.
Manchego spent 31 years in the U.S. army (1981-2012), where he completed his college degree and rose to the level of Master Sergeant.
As part of his transition to civilian life, Manchego began to experiment with photography. He began with landscapes, trying different lenses, exposures, and angles to see what effect they had on the resulting image.
Manchego specialized in subjects that often do not receive attention from photographers. He doesn’t take as many pictures in the winner’s circle; rather, he positions himself on the curve, or, in the case of the Breeders’ Cup, on top of the starting gate, to capture the passion and movement of the sport.
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