These Were Our Dogs

These Were Our Dogs

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Libby Hall began collecting photographs of dogs in 1966, saving unwanted pictures from being discarded into dustbins or thrown on bonfires. Later, her interest piqued, she began amassing them from local flea markets and second-hand shops. Now her collection is one of the most famous and distinguished in the world, and with her several books of photographs she has attracted what the "Telegraph Magazine" called a 'cult following'. "These Were Our Dogs" contains more than 250 photographs, never before published, from Libby Hall's legendary collection. Here are people from all kinds of walks of life and different countries - from mining towns to stately homes, from the American Deep South to rural Japan. Here are princesses and cowboys, clergymen and actresses, toddlers and octogenarians, and what is common to them all is that their dogs are their constant, treasured companions. Some are images of dogs alone. In others, dogs form an essential part of a family portrait. Some are hilarious; some are beautiful; some are very moving. Some are rare gems: for example the image, one of only two known copies in the world, of John Brown, Queen Victoria's personal servant, with four of her favourite dogs, taken in 1871. This collection is a fascinating insight into the very beginnings of the art of photography, a social record of a bygone era, and a testimony to the timeless relationship between Dog and Man. It is an essential book for lovers of photography and lovers of dogs alike.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 160 pages
  • 210 x 222 x 18mm | 621.42g
  • Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • ill
  • 0747588767
  • 9780747588764
  • 2,188,397

About Libby Hall

A former press photographer, Libby Hall began collecting animal photographs in the 1960s. Her books Prince and Other Dogs, Prince and Other Dogs II, Postcard Dogs and Postcard Cats are also published by Bloomsbury. She lives in London.show more

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'Libby Hall is the dog's best friend. This is an utterly enchanting book, and nowhere is the special relationship between man and dog, their mutual devotion and dependency and sheer pride and joy in each other's company, more tellingly illustrated. Here is the dog as fitting companion to poor man or princess. A lovely, lovely book.' Jilly Cooper Praise for Postcard Dogs: 'Libby Hall's collection of antique photographs celebrating the bond between man and his best friend has revived a forgotten market.' Telegraph Magazine 'A charming glimpse into British life a century ago.' Daily Mail 'Hugely charming.' Sunday Timesshow more

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