Sometimes there seems to be little difference between a dog fight and playtime. For well-seasoned dog owners, a pup hanging off the ear of its playmate is a normal occurrence, but to those outside the canine realm these games can look painful and dangerous. In Charles and Saatchi, the dogs, two Vizsla’s and a Rhodesian Ridgeback are recorded playing by the enigmatic photographer and philanthropist, Jean Pigozzi, over three summers. Beginning in 2016 with Charles and Saatchi, and then by another dog named Saatchi in 2017, these three play with captivating dynamism. Frantic and dramatic, they propel themselves over the pages, wide-eyed and waggy-tailed, jaws open and snapping. The use of black and white creates an aesthetic contrast, which also leaves room for the contrast of perception. To us, it may seem foreign and frightening, but to them, it’s a sign of meaningful connection and trust.
Published by Damiani
Foreword by Charles Saatchi
A heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder over the last five years. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
None of this would be possible without our four-legged counterparts who sprinkle magic dust time and time again, and our readers, who embraced this kooky idea, rallied around us, and made this world theirs too. With friends like these, who needs nine lives?
February 5, 2019