BMX is definitely in Klaus Dyba’s blood. From taking part in freestyle competitions to helping start one of the biggest BMX brands out there, Wethepeople Bike Company, Dyba doesn’t do things by halves. And that’s the same for his new venture, True Dogs Photo. After he saw his creativity evaporating, he decided to hang up his wheels and fine tune his passion for photography. The sidekick to this saviour? A Chihuahua called Rocco. “I was a studio photographer, so I used a lot of flash. After a while I figured out that you have so many different characters when shooting dogs. And with my studio light I could support the characteristics in each shot. I printed images of my Chihuahua at 3 feet by 3 feet and it looked great. I made a big proud dog out of a small scary dog. It felt special and people wanted such images of their own dogs” he explains.
Led by Rocco’s powerful personality, Dyba strayed from the often-kitsch pet portrait in pursuit of something a little different. The Cologne-based photographer captures “everything surrounding people and animals” in his studio, but dogs are a particular passion. Dynamic and lolloping, his dogs are wild and primal. With lolling tongues and bared teeth, bowed heads and wide eyes, each is unexpectedly beautiful. Pets, but not as you know them.
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