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Encounters of the dog kind

Elias Weiss Friedman (AKA The Dogist)’s new photography book showcases the street style of some fabulous four-legged friends.


Encounters of the dog kind

Stroll down any main street or side alley in New York City and you’ll see them-panting, running, smiling, often decked to the nines or in a cluster of leads with fellow companions. New Yorkers are mad about their dogs.

Photographer Elias Weiss Friedman, himself an avid dog aficionado was not immune to this. Inspired by the likes of Scott Schuman AKA the Sartorialist, he took it upon himself to photograph the mutts of the city (and eventually further afield) that caught his eye, uploading them to the web under the moniker The Dogist.

The cult site earned such an impressive following, he has released The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs, featuring some of his best photographs. In it you’ll find popular breeds and breeds you’ve never heard of starring in witty themed sections like Working Dogs, Dogs in Fancy Outfits, and Cones of Shame. There’s even heartwarming doggy back-stories told Humans of New York-style.

Images from The Dogist by Elias Weiss Friedman (Artisan Books).
Copyright © 2015. Photographs by The Dogist, LLC.



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?


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