DogDogs

DogDogs

By (author) Elliott Erwitt , By (author) P. G. Wodehouse , By (photographer) Elliott Erwitt , Photographs by Elliott Erwitt , Introduction by P. G. Wodehouse

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The legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt (b.1928) says that he did not consciously set out to photograph dogs. According to him, it just happened that way. And that one day, when he was looking through his boxes of photographs, he realized that somehow or other dogs had crept into a fair proportion of them. Not that they were dog portraits. More just photographs with dogs in. Pictures of poodles taken at dog shows, of Airedales fetching sticks in the park, of crowds of dogs larking around together, of Highland Terriers jumping in the air for joy - and hundreds of images of dogs walking, being carried, sitting on hearthrugs, beaches, riverbanks, sofas, park benches. DogDogs is a delightful object presenting the largest selection ever published of Erwitt's dog photographs. Any dog-lover's dream title, it contains 500 pictures, all of them printed full-bleed and in arresting duotone. Also included is a captivating essay by P G Wodehouse, who was an admirer of Erwitt's work and a keen dog-owner himself. As he says, ' ...what superb photographs these are. It does one good to look at them. There is not one sitter in his gallery who does not melt the heart.'

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  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 122 x 184 x 36mm | 798.32g
  • 15 Oct 1998
  • Phaidon Press Ltd
  • London
  • English
  • 500 duotone photographs
  • 0714838055
  • 9780714838052
  • 196,925

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One of the greatest image makers of his generation, Elliott Erwitt (b.1928) describes himself as 'a professional photographer by trade and an amateur photographer by vocation.' A member of Magnum since 1954, his camera has taken him all over the globe and his pictures have been the subject of many books and exhibitions worldwide. Artist and documenter, his work spans many traditions, subjects and approaches to photography. P G Wodehouse was an English humorist who wrote novels, short stories, plays, lyrics and essays, all with the same light touch of gentle satire. He was a great admirer of Elliott Erwitt's work during his lifetime.

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'This book is a must for all dog-lovers.' (Marie Claire) 'Barking dogs, laughing dogs, big dogs, small dogs, lazy dogs, crazy dogs: they're all here ... will provide hours of delight.' (Amateur Photographer)

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Erwitt's selection of 820 photographs of dogs, taken across 50 years, offers astonishing variety in age, breed and expression from battered strays to pampered pooches, towering great danes to chihuahuas and yorkies, young puppies joyfully charting the world to grizzled mongrels peacefully snoozing. Location is equally varied with dogs from 30 and more countries from Brazil to Burma, Morocco to Mexico, New Guinea to Iran. Yet finally, Erwitt's stated aim was to create, 'not a book of dog pictures, but of dogs in pictures' and it is above all shots linked with humans - touching, sometimes eccentric, frequently comic - which provide the most memorable among many appealing images in this heartwarming collection. (Kirkus UK)

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