Luke Gilford: National Anthem


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Luke Gilford


Growing up in Colorado with his father in the Professional Bull Riding Association, Luke Gilford spent his formative years around the rodeo, an American institution that has often been associated with conservatism and homophobia. It was only later, when he discovered the International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA), that he began to see himself as part of a rodeo family. The IGRA is the organising body for the LGBTQ+ cowboy and cowgirl communities in North America – a safe space for all races and gender expressions. The queer rodeo brings in participants from rural regions all over America for structured educational programs and competitions, facilitating opportunities to hone athletic skills, connection and care for animals, personal integrity, self-confidence, and support for one another. Gilford has spent over three years travelling the country to document this diverse and ever-evolving subculture. Shot on medium-format film and printed in a traditional dark room, the work is detailed and rich with emotion and colour. The resulting National Anthem photographs are both personal and poetic – clear testaments to Gilford’s intimate relationship to the community. National Anthem is a celebration of outsiders and the immense beauty of chosen families everywhere.

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Weight 1502 g
Dimensions 25.4 x 33.3 cm
Publisher name Damiani Editore
Publication date 26 January 2021
Number of pages 176
Format Hardback
Dimensions 25.4 x 33.3 cm
Weight 1502 g


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Luke Gilford is a filmmaker and photographer born in Denver, Colorado, where his father was a champion bull rider and later a judge in the Professional Bull Riding Association. Luke studied Art at UCLA and his photography and films have been exhibited around the world; including MoMA in New York and FOAM in Amsterdam, as well as at Sundance's NEXT festival. Luke has spent over three years documenting The International Gay Rodeo Association (IGRA), the sole organising body for LGBTQ+ cowboy and cowgirl communities in North America. His work has been featured in The New York Times, Vanity Fair, and Vogue. Luke is currently based in Los Angeles and New York City.