"All knowledge, the totality of all questions and answers, is contained in the dog." - Kafka
You don’t need TASCHEN to tell you how wonderful dogs are - you know that already. In celebration of the world’s favorite animal, we bring you over 500 photographs of or about dogs, many of which have rarely been seen.
Intellectually and visually stimulating, this book is much more than just a bunch of dog pictures. This exceptional book features the work of numerous famous photographers and artists (from Picasso to Man Ray, Ralph Gibson to Eric Fischl, Wolfgang Tillmans to David Salle, and of course Elliott Erwitt and William Wegman), as well as captivating essays on the presence of dogs in the history of photography and their relations with man.
Spanning over 150 years, this book chronicles the life and times of man and dog. It is presented in five chapters: ’Catching the Sun: Seeing the Light’ (1839 to 1890), ’Embracing Uncertain Verities’ (1890 to 1930), ’Weathering the Storms’ (1930 to 1950), ’Looking Within’ (1950 to 1980), and ’Completing the Circle’ (1980 to the present).
Miles Barth was the founding curator of the Permanent Collection at the International Center of Photography, New York. He has written a number of books on photography and has organized countless photographic exhibitions. His most recent exhibition and book, “Weegee’s World”, have won several national and international awards. He is currently curator of the Alan Siegel Photography Collection, New York.
Raymond Merritt is a senior partner of the New York law firm of Willkie Farr & Gallagher and a member of the Executive Committee of the American Fund for UNICEF. He has been active in the photography world for over thirty years, serving as a trustee of the International Center of Photography, New York, and a member of the acquisitions committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and the Norton Museum, West Palm Beach. An avid collector, he has curated numerous photography exhibitions and edited several books on photography. He also served as a director of the SoHo Partnership and the Loyola Foundation.