They say that a walk in the fresh air is great for creative inspiration. It worked a charm for photographer Robert Kalman, who was power walking around his neighbourhood when he formed the idea for his project, Dogs Among Us. “As the winter settled in, I began to notice that no matter how cold or inclement the weather many of my neighbours would be out and about dutifully exercising their dogs. Metaphorically speaking, it was as if the dog’s leash served to umbilically link people with their animal,” Kalman said.
Compiled into a book, the series was taken in and around New York City’s Tompkins Square Park this year and features portraits of people and pooches from all walks of life. Kalman remembers how one particular photograph came about, “Because I use a big, cumbersome camera to make portraits, frequently people are curious. Eddy was one such person and when I explained about our project he said, ‘Well I have a dog.’ With that, he lifted up his shirt so I could see the tattoo of his dog Red on his chest. ‘I had him for seven years before he died. We did everything together.’ Now that’s an enduring relationship.”
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