Melissa Shook is a photographer specializing in personal documentary, and she taught photography at MIT and at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her subjects have included homelessness, aging, and, now, the all-but-invisible world behind Suffolk Downs, the backside workers at the racetrack. Her new book, “My Suffolk Downs,” includes poetry and photographs. Proceeds go to The Eighth Pole, a 22-year-old human service program that provides health care, substance abuse counseling, and other social services for backside workers.
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