Lions and tigers and bears and… adorable dogs? For National Geographic photographer Vincent J. Musi, this was a natural transgression: to go from travelling the world in pursuit of wild animals to staying home in the interest of domestic beasts. Once you see the subjects of his latest book, Year of the Dogs, it’s easy to understand. These are no ordinary pups.
Musi captures the essence of 100 incredible canines and pairs their portraits with tell-all ‘dogographies’ in this hilarious tome, each one shot at his South Carolina studio. There’s Ollie, a spirited southern gent in a wheelchair; the show-stealing ‘Troll Dog’ Peetrie; Clyde, a bulldog with a tongue “the length of a time zone”; and their own local legend, Luka, a Great Dane said to be recording a duet with Tony Bennett.
The images of these characters make clear Musi’s talent for photographing animals—whether it’s big cats or small dogs—and the passion that goes behind it.
All images courtesy of Vincent J. Musi.
Images from The Year of the Dogs, copyright © Vincent J. Musi.
The Year of the Dogs is published by Thames & Hudson
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