‘Concrete Horsemen’ shines a light on Philly’s urban cowboys


The African American contribution to horse culture in the US has largely been forgotten.  But, as Irish-Nigerian photographer Cian Oba-Smith points out, it’s worth remembering that 13 out of the 15 jockeys in the first Kentucky derby in 1875 were African American.

Throughout the country, generations of African Americans have raised horses over the past three centuries. In fact, for over one hundred years there has been a tradition of black urban horsemen in Philadelphia.

In ‘Concrete Horsemen’ Oba-Smith captures the close-knit community of men and boys who bond over their love for their horses (with names like Nicki Minaj, Ruffian and Dusty) as they ride them through the streets of North Philly.

Check out more of London-based Oba-Smith’s work here: www.cianobasmith.co.uk – and show him some Instagram love @cianobasmith

(by Cian Oba-Smith @ www.cianobasmith.co.uk)
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