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FROM KICK FLIPS TO DOG TRICKS

Photographer Jordan James turns his lens from skaters to dogs landing tricks.

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FROM KICK FLIPS TO DOG TRICKS

Jordan James’s experience photographing skaters came in handy at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show. “Paying attention to the dogs’ body language and actions is very similar to shooting a skate trick at the exact right moment,” says James, who owned skateboard company Corpse Corpse in New York until 2014. Once that came to a natural end, James began to develop his own photography and graphic design gigs, making ends meet through fashion shoots.

His project, Best in Show, captures the frenetic energy, precision, and “unique routine”’—James’ words—of dog shows. New to this world, James was naively unaware of the utter seriousness with which the entrants take the competition. One owner was concerned about the camera flash stressing out his dog, there were tears when people didn’t place, and grooming sessions would take hours. “You have to respect that!” James says, while noting: “Most of these dogs are treated better than some children.”


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ISSUE NINE — PRE-ORDER NOW

In our Spring issue, there’s much to be in high spirits about. We go behind the scenes of Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs, a movie fuelled by dopamine, alpha dogs, and a vast crew of artisans and animators. We hang with a pack of trippy-looking poodles created by artist Susumu Kamijo. We find five mutts who changed history by injecting their human counterparts with a good dose of serotonin. There is plenty of oxytocin going around, too. We celebrate Sulek’s photography of rescued Spanish galgos, Jo Longshurst’s abstract twist on pet portraiture, and Ho Hai Tran’s love of stripes and spots. We travel to Berlin, Toronto, London, and upstate New York to meet creative types whose bonds with their four-legged mates are as heartfelt as they are intoxicating. We ask five foodies to fess up about dog snacks and guilty pleasures that feed body and soul, and we embrace illustrator Apolline Muet’s bear hugs between humans and animals.
All this, and more, inside the covers.

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Under the cover of darkness

Death and wilderness play a key role in Lorna Evan’s haunting photography.

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Best of breeds

Sipke Visser’s new book lifts the lid on the fascinating world of dog shows.

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