Capturing Brilliance

Behind the lens of Dr. Michael Huang: a photographic journey through the Kentucky Derby 2015-2020

On April 26, 2021, I had the distinct honor of giving a zoom presentation sponsored by the Fayette County UK Alumni Club and the UK Alumni Association detailing my experiences as a credentialed photographer of the Kentucky Derby for the past 6 years. From American Pharaoh to Justify to last year’s pandemic Derby with no fans, I’ve covered about every part of Churchill Downs on Derby weekend, and I shared my best photographs and stories behind them. The recording is now on YouTube, so if you have some time, check out the 37 minute video below.

Hear what it was like to document history, and how in my first year of shooting the Run for the Roses I was able to take these photos of the great American Pharoah winning from both sides of the rail (*spoiler alert* I worked my butt off to try to pull it off, but there was A LOT of luck involved):

See what it’s like to shoot the races in the rain, the mud, and the slop:

And what was it like last year with no fans?

I’ll show off some of my favorite photos from Oaks and Derby the past 6 years and tell all about why it’s been so special!

View the entire 37 minute presentation here on YouTube:

The Fayette County UK Alumni Club is also holding an online auction to raise money for student scholarships, Bid on these 3 beautiful prints, autographed by the winning jockeys and signed by me:

The auction is live now, and will close on Tuesday April 27 at 8 pm, one day after my presentation. Let’s raise some money for deserving students!

Happy Derby!!!!

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  1. Hi thank you for this opportunity I glad I saw you on my facebook.



  2. […] week I posted some some of my past Derby photos as a prelude to the 147th Run for the Roses this past Saturday. As it turned out, it was a […]



  3. […] Michael Huang is a practicing physician and part-time photographer, who will be covering the Kentucky Derby for 8th consecutive year in 2022. He gave a 37 minute video presentation last year for the […]



  4. How can we buy prints of your photos?



  5. […] Michael Huang is a full-time physician and part-time photographer, who covered the Kentucky Derby for 8th consecutive year on May 7, 2022. He gave a 37 minute video presentation last […]



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