Documenting Philadelphia’s Teenage Urban Cowboys

June 3, 2015

By David Walker

© Charles Mostoller

Rearing back on Shadow in a vacant lot, Shahir Drayton enjoys horseback riding for thrills and a sense of freedom.

The subjects of Charles Mostoller’s “Concrete Cowboys” are spirited African-American teenagers who gallop on horseback around the streets of Philadelphia under the tutelage of a stable owner trying to teach them the value of hard work and responsibility.  The story appeared late last year on Photo Journal, the Wall Street Journal’s photography blog. Shot in black-and-white, it is a traditional...

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