There’s no better place for a sneaky backstage peek than at a dog show. Collated in book form, Dog Show 1961–1978 offers a fascinating insight into those moments away from the pomp and ceremony of the event. Social documentary photographer Shirley Baker steered from her acclaimed portrayal of working-class Manchester to consider the relationship between ribbon-winning dogs and their devoted owners.
Whimsical, playful, and full of heart and humour—Baker’s observations range from the pure to the unexpected. Coiffured women and similarly styled poodles mingle with a bored English bulldog and a lucky beagle being fed whisky. Published by Hoxton Mini Press in East London, Dog Show 1961–1978 is the third book in the series Vintage Britain, which showcases rediscovered photography from the late 20th century.
Have you ever imagined Amy Winehouse or Nick Cave as a Chihuahua, Neil Young as a Vizsla, or PJ Harvey as an Afghan hound? That’s exactly what San Francisco-based artist Michael Gillette has done through his unique illustration project, blending beloved, iconic music legends, both past and present, with their dog counterparts. Pack of Dogs, our first foray into book publishing, is a joyful title designed for music, pop culture and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020