Melissa Shook
My Suffolk Downs
Essay & Photography
Pages: 72
ISBN: 9780975323762
Publication Date: February 2012

Alas, this title is out-of-print

Pressed Wafer co-published this book with Kat Ran Press. If you go to you will find information about a limited edition hardcover.

Melissa Shook, known for her photographs, got to know the “backside” Of Boston’s fabled Suffolk Downs racetrack. Over time she photographed the hot-walkers, stall-muckers, horse-shoers, grooms and trainers who worked there. She got to know them as people and wrote down their stories. Her book documents in poems and images a world that will soon vanish for Suffolk Downs will be transformed into a gambling casino. What Suffolk Downs looked like as a racetrack and the experiences of those who worked there will be preserved in Melissa’s Book.

My Suffolk Downs features thirty duotone photographs and is designed by Michael Russem.