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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; F First Edition edition (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714838055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714838052
  • Product Dimensions: 7.3 x 4.9 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #377,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com Review

Nearly every one of the 500 black-and-white pictures in this book is a miraculous blend of composition and content, placing photographer Elliott Erwitt right up there with the other postwar, 20th-century masters of moment and meaning. Erwitt writes in his introduction, "This is not a book of dog pictures but of dogs in pictures." It is the photograph that counts, above and beyond its subject, for the photographer of genius. But Erwitt is bound to be called a sentimentalist because he photographs dogs, whom we, in our species-centric way, tend to think of as, well, animals. If Erwitt proves anything, however, it is that our close relationship with these furry fellow travelers is due to mutual resemblance. There is a Native American myth that when the world was created, a great fissure began to split the earth. Humans were caught on one side of the chasm, animals on the other. The dog, however, seeing the gap widen, leaped across to the human side, where he has been ever since. This book captures the pleasures of our loyal, dependent friends, as well as their sorrows and disappointment when they are forced to adapt to human callousness, neglect, or even love. Erwitt sees the dignity of the ankle-high Chihuahua; the anxiety of the homeless hound; the smugness of the adored dachshund, sitting on its chaise longue in the noonday sun; the patience of the pom-pommed poodle; and the gormless joy of a homely but well-loved pug. In his vast range of emotion, and in his easygoing but precise mastery of the abstract elements of composition, Elliott Erwitt has made himself the Cartier-Bresson of the canine world. --Peggy Moorman

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'This book is a must for all dog-lovers.' (Marie Claire) 'Barking dogs, laughing dogs, big dogs, small dogs, lazy dogs, crazy dogs: they're all here ... will provide hours of delight.' (Amateur Photographer)

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Born in 1928 to Russian Jewish parents in Paris, legendary photographer Elliott Erwitt spent his childhood in Milan. His family moved back to Paris in 1938, and immigrated to New York the following year. In 1941, they moved again, this time to Los Angeles; and, Erwitt's interest in photography began while he was a teenager living in Hollywood. He attended Hollywood High School and began working in a commercial darkroom in 1944 while still in school. In 1948 Erwitt moved to back to New York, where he met Edward Steichen, Robert Capa, and Roy Stryker. He spent another year traveling in Italy and France as a professional photographer. Drafted into the army in 1951, Erwitt continued to take photographs while stationed in Germany and France.

Robert Capa invited Erwitt to join Magnum Photos in 1953. A member of the prestigious agency ever since, Erwitt has functioned as its president for three terms beginning in 1968. In teh 1970s, Erwitt tried his hand at filmmaking. His documentaries have included: BEAUTY KNOWS NO PAIN (1971), RED WHITE AND BLUEGRASS (1973), which was made with the assistance of an American Film Institute grant, and the prize winning GLASS MAKERS OF HERAT (1977). Erwitt has also produced seventeen comedy and satire specials for Home Box Office. Erwitt has been creating books, essays, illustrations, and ads regularly featured in publications around the world for more than forty years.

Throughout his illustrious career, Eritt has captured everyone from Marilyn Monroe to Ronald Reagan on camera. And his historically grounded black-and-white prints are now legendary and have been exhibited in some of the most prestigious museums and galleries around the world including the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Smithsonian Institution, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, Zurich's Kunsthaus and Cologne's Photokina. At present, Elliott Erwitt is editing his archive and still working for various advertising and magazine clients.

Based in New York City, Elliott Erwitt likes to travel obsessively. He also likes children and dogs.

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I bought this book as a Christmas present for a dog lover friend.
A Customer
These prints would be much, much better in a larger format because some of the photos have a lot going on.
GreenBean
The result is thousands of pictures of dogs, and he pared them down to a few hundred for this book.
G. Scott Maclean

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Galen on July 25, 2001
Format: Paperback
Without a doubt this is a collection of great photos of dogs (820 dogs, in 512 pages - also horses, pigs, cows, cats, and many people) taken over many years and in many countries.
It appears to be wordless; the photographs begin on page one, and there is no text or even a frontispiece before them. If you dig a little, you will find that in fact, buried deep in the middle of this book are two choice bones: an essay, "My Dog Days," by Erwitt, and P. G. Wodehouse's "About My Friends," an appreciation of Elliott Erwitt and of dogs, in Erwitt's words, " easy, uncomplaining targets." Wodehouse traces his own colorful history of dog-owning with warmth and dry humor. Whereas Erwitt writes that "with dogs, as with love affairs, the first and the last are most vivid," Wodehouse seems to vividly remember many more than a couple of dogs.
Wodehouse is convincing, for example, in his assertion that Aberdeen terriers are so "full of the Calvinistic spirit that it is impossible for an ordinary erring human being not to feel ill at ease in their presence." He loves dogs, (some more than others), he doesn't apologize for it, and asks, finally, for "a standing ovation to all dogs," which is precisely what this terrific little book delivers.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Ronald R. Kyser on March 8, 1999
Format: Paperback
Flipping through this book is like drinking from a fire hose-- or hydrant. There are of course many classic pictures of dogs, in normal and abnormal situations, taken all over the world. But these are buried under too many good-but-hardly-great shots. Half these pictures would make a better collection; half of that even better. Erwitt goes for quantity.
For quality, try Conrad's "Les Chiens de Paris", 1/8th the size, but culled from a wide assortment of photographers (incl. Erwitt), though in just one (forgive the pun) spot.
Also, if you're gift-shopping for someone else's children, as I was, be aware that Erwitt includes some near-naked Frenchmen and Brazilians with his dogs.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Will Moore on December 23, 2001
Format: Paperback
Not only is this a great book for someone who loves dogs, but it just has some great street photography in general. Personally, I love the mass quanities of photographs. Whenever I look through a book by Cartier-Bresson (or anyone else, for that matter) I always want to see what else he shot besides what ultimately made it into the book. Someday, I hope someone will publish a book of contact sheets, and this is close to doing that.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Christopher J. Connor on September 8, 2007
Format: Paperback
ive bought like 4 copies of this book to give as gifts...if you like dogs...you'll love this
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By M. Berzins on July 10, 2006
Format: Paperback
Not really a dog portrait book, this book has dogs captured in real settings and sometimes as accessories to the photographic composition. Awesome.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By middlemoo on October 27, 2000
Format: Paperback
This collection is overwhelming in its enormity - there are many wonderful photos - an embarassment of riches. The fact that these photos were taken over 50 years and all over the globe is inspiring and humbling at the same time. I would have given it 5 stars but it's not edited concisely enough to REALLY have a consistent point of view. Sometimes "more" is NOT necessarily "better"!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 1999
Format: Paperback
It goes without saying that dogs are human's best companies. Though the pictures are all in black-and-white, they still present how much joy and happiness the pets bring to us. Shouldn't we cherish what we get from them?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 5, 1999
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I adore this book, and carry it around with me. It cheers me up, when people get me down, just to look at the beauty of these animals in different situations. Dogs are wonderful, and Erwitt has an amazing ability to capture them in photographs. A picture book for the dog lover - you will love it! Great for browsing through when standing in line somewhere, riding, or just relaxing. It's my favorite "pick-me-up" and a perfect gift for any dog lover.
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