Doris Kuprion photographs

Abstract

The Doris Kuprion photographs (dated approximately 1940s, 0.27 cubic feet; 7 items) include seven black and white prints of identified race horses.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Doris Kuprion photographs
Date
approximately 1940s
Creator
Kuprion, Doris G., 1921-2011
Extent
0.27 Cubic feet
Subjects
African Americans in horse racing
Horse racing.
Photographers--Kentucky.
Women photographers
Arrangement
Collection is arranged alphabetically.
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Alisa Reynolds
Preferred Citation
2014av005 : [identification of item], Doris Kuprion photographs, approximately 1940s, University of Kentucky Special Collections.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Doris Kuprion was born in Louisville, Kentucky on September 8, 1921. She was born into a family of photographers, one of twenty in the family. Her father, Arthur Kuprion photographed horse races, specifically the photo-finish pictures. Doris traveled with her father between Louisville and Chicago, taking race-track photographs. She took pictures in the winner's circle, while her father did the photo-finish. Her camera took a rate of 185 pictures per second and she developed the photos within a minute after the race ended, showing the image to the judges. She was most likely the first woman admitted into the press box at Churchill Downs on Derby Day. Doris considered herself a sports photographer, photographing boxing and wrestling, in addition to horse racing.
Her brothers, Arthur Jr. and Robert were also photographers. Her twin brother Robert was killed in WWII. During WWII, Doris was a professional photographer for a war plant, before working for a distillery. Doris worked as a news photographer, shooting for the International News Service, Acme, and the U.P. She died on February 19, 2011, in Crystal Beach, Florida.
Scope and Content
The Doris Kuprion photographs (dated approximately 1940s, 0.27 cubic feet; 7 items) include seven black and white prints of identified race horses. The photographs are of Ariel Ace, Colony Boy, Knockdown, Porterfield, Rippey, Star Pilot, and With Pleasure. Colony Boy and Knockdown are both photographed being ridden by an African American. The horses were all photographed on the racetrack with a seated rider. Colony Boy, Knockdown, Porterfield, and Star Pilot were all captured in motion, running on the track, while the other images are of the horses standing still.

Restrictions on Access and Use

Conditions Governing Access
Collection is open to researchers by appointment.
Use Restrictions
Copyright has not been assigned to the University of Kentucky. For information about permission to reproduce or publish, please contact Special Collections.

Contents of the Collection

Ariel Ace, undated

  • Box 1, Item 1
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Colony Boy ridden by an African American man, undated

  • Box 1, Item 2
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Knockdown ridden by an African American man, undated

  • Box 1, Item 3
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Porterfield, undated

  • Box 1, Item 4
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Rippey, undated

  • Box 1, Item 5
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Star Pilot, undated

  • Box 1, Item 6
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With Pleasure, undated

  • Box 1, Item 7
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