Ever since humans have held cameras, we’ve fixed them on our dogs. But since humans have held phones, we’ve been transfixed by our dogs. #dogsofinstagram has more than 82 million images. #cakesofinstagram is at a measly two million. The proliferation of dog pics caught the eye and interest of Berlin-based photographer Matt Karwen, who decided to create something different: A series of portraits that eschews humanising or caricaturing its four-legged subjects.
Karwen’s images are beautifully composed and complex: stoic, posed, candid, personal. Each subject stares straight into the camera. No panting. No costumes. Just dog. It’s unlike any portrait series we’ve seen, and it wasn’t easy to create. “The most difficult task was to drag the dogs attention without making them too excited,” Karwen explains. “When capturing them so closely, every single deviance can ruin the picture. One rule was a 100 percent straight look into the camera, which is not a natural behaviour of a dog, especially if there’s a guy with a black block in front!”
The black block did the trick. Karwen has turned the series into a book, Sit, featuring an extended posse of nonchalant dogs. The book is out now. We’re excited.
We are thrilled to introduce Dog-Friendly, a collection of city guides for dog-loving people, created together with our long-time contributor, photographer Winnie Au, and fellow enthusiasts, indie publisher Hoxton Mini Press. Available for purchase here.
August 25, 2021
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 celebration of pup and pop culture for music and dog lovers alike.
August 25, 2020