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.
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