Every month in a different village in rural Uruguay, hundreds of people gather to watch and to participate in a endurance competition where teams of horses, jockeys and support pickup trucks race for a total of 90km (56 miles) through small roads. Called “raid”, the race always starts the day before with a session of bets and then with a dance that goes through the whole night up to the early hours of the day when the “raidistas” are leaving followed by their team’s support trucks who need to be close to the horses all the time in order to throw water and cool down the animals during the race. Very few horses manage to finish the race since the effort is brutal and the jockeys are treated like real sport celebrities in this culture.
Luiz Maximiano (b. 1978, Assis Chateaubriand, PR, Brazil) graduated in Communication at ESPM, in Sao Paulo. As a photographer, he covered the war in Afghanistan, ethnic conflicts in Burma, the HIV crisis in southern Africa, elections in Pakistan, the struggles of Roma communities in Eastern Europe and social crisis in Latin America. In 2007, he was awarded the Canon Prize as the best photojournalist under 30 in the Netherlands. He was also chosen twice a finalist for the prestigious World Press Photo Masterclass. His work has appeared in many leading publications around the world such as Newsweek, Time, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, The Independent, Bloomberg, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Die Welt, Panorama, L'Espresso and others. He is based in Sao Paulo, Brazil.