Kindred Tales | Photography Books for Dog Lovers
Gentle Giants | Bruce Weber
One of the most expansive, thorough and beautiful explorations of the relationship between man and his best friend, “Gentle Giants” focuses almost entirely upon the Newfoundland breed and the owners, trainers and breeders who hold them dear. Bruce Weber photographed these enormous dogs over the course of two years, at homes and kennels in Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Saskatchewan – even at the Colosseum, Villa Borghese gardens and Piazza Navona fountain in Rome. Interspersed with these photographs and interviews with the dogs’ adoring owners are essays by Bruce Weber and texts by Eugene O’Neill, Carl Sandburg, Zane Grey, James Baldwin, C.Z. Guest, Will James, Joseph Conrad, Lord Byron and Patti Smith.
Being Human | William Wegman
William Wegman's whimsical photographs of his Weimaraner dogs have been celebrated in the art world and enjoyed by pet lovers for nearly four decades. In this entirely new volume, the renowned photography present more than 300 images from the a personal archive. Unearthing previously unseen gems alongside the iconic images that have made Wegman—along with dressed-up dogs Man Ray, Fay Ray, and others—beloved worldwide. Presented in sixteen thematic chapters, William Wegman: Being Human foregrounds the photographer's penchant for play and his evergreen ability to create images that are at once funny, striking, and surreal. Audiences of all ages will fall in love—for the first time, or all over again—with Wegman and his friends.
Pets | Sue Packer
These 56 beautifully studied portraits featured people with an extraordinary catalogue of species kept as companions, from the usual furry, four legged creatures to the more unusual including spiders and snails.
It took years to compile these portraits, as Sue Packer explained, “the taking of the photograph was relatively easy. It was the research, the building of a trusting relationship with the subject and waiting for the right moment that took the time and hard work”. Beautifully studied portraits that take a touching look at the devoted relationships between pets and their owners. We see the ordinary and the extraordinary—spiders, snakes, geckoes and goats as well as the more usual rabbits, guinea pigs, cats and dogs. Interspersed with humorous and philosophical quotations by famous writers.
Resident Dog | Nicole England
Nicole England is a Melbourne-based architecture and interiors photographer who has worked with many of the industry’s top architects and designers, both in Australia and abroad. Her photography brings the everyday spaces we inhabit into focus, highlighting the artistry and the beauty that is often overlooked.
In this stunningly photographed book of architecturally superb houses - many of them architects’ own homes - we see how the presence of a dog brings warmth and life to the most dramatic spaces. From mid-century brick to a penthouse apartment, gracious Edwardian to Scandinavian modern, from beach house to country retreat, there is always room for a dog or two.
Wet Dog | Sophie Gamand
Every dog owner knows too well the fun and misery of bath time: the wriggles, the poignant looks, the playful splashes. Photographing dogs at such a vulnerable time allowed Sophie Gamand to capture the vast range of expressions they can display. Dogs hold a mirror up to our humanity, and I wonder what it says about us. These priceless, touching expressions are a testimony to the close and unique bond we have developed with our canine companions.