Signed by the photographer (Michele Asselin)
"On December 22, 2013, the world-famous Hollywood Park Race Track closed its doors forever. In 2014, demolition began on the landmark race track, effectively erasing seventy-five years of history, while at the same time making space for an entire new neighborhood to suddenly arise in the middle of the metropolis. Photographer Michele Asselin spent every day at Hollywood Park in the last two weeks before it closed, photographing the buildings, the employees, and the patrons of the track. Clubhouse Turn: The Twilight of Hollywood Park Race Track is the product of her efforts, and the story of two cultures colliding in the middle of a rapidly evolving city. Asselin's celebrated photographs depict a world that has been completely erased but not forgotten. Each intimate portrait shows a unique and personal side of the track, from the jockeys to the gamblers to the security guards at the gate. Her landscape photography feels no less human; a discarded receipt or a string of Christmas lights conjures the ghosts of Hollywood Park, absorbing the reader in the dual pulls of presence and absence, loss and gain, nostalgia for what's gone and the thrill of what's to come. In addition to Asselin's lush photographs, Clubhouse Turn features essays by MacArthur fellow Josh Kun and Grammy-winning writer Lynell George exploring what it means to love a city that's always in motion. A building can have a historic landmark, but what about a culture, a community - a way of life? Clubhouse Turn is more than a book of photography and more than a book about a race track: it's a book about who we are when we live in a city - the faces that we never see until we look, the places we forget until they're gone."