J. M. Giordano

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Location: Washington D.C./Baltimore
Nationality: American
Biography: J.M. Giordano is an award-winning photojournalist based in Baltimore and co-host of the photojournalism podcast, 10 Frames Per Second . His work has been featured in Playboy, GQ, The Observer New Reivew Sunday Magazine, The Guardian, The... read on
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Credits: j. m. giordano
Date of Work: 08/22/18 - Ongoing
Updated: 02/11/19
During my coverage of the last Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course, I noticed a lot of elderly gamblers sitting and betting on the simulcasts. After watching them for awhile, I decided to track down the oldest continual gambler at the track. After showing during the week day after day, employees of the track, fellow gamblers, and guards all pointed to Park Heights resident 91-year-old Herbert "Blue" Case, who lives about a half-a-mile from the track and walks every day to place bets. Since returning from the Army in 1946, where he fought in Patton's army in Europe, Chase has been coming to Pimlico to play the races. He's a handicapper. For me, his portrait is a portrait of a track in crisis as it's been threatened with closing or moving, a neighborhood who depends on the track, and a man who has relies on Pimlico for social interaction and could be a metaphor for the track itself.  This is a multi-media project with a short film coming soon.

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