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Dog Dogs Paperback – October 15, 1998

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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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Product Details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press; 1st edition (October 15, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714838055
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714838052
  • Product Dimensions: 4.9 x 1.4 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #727,042 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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I love Erwitt's work and have his earlier (and much better titled) 'Son of Bitch'. This book looked like a great bargain. Unfortunately, you get what you pay for.

The book is full of great photos. And a bunch of not-so-great ones as well. It almost seems like these may have been the photos from which 'Son of Bitch' was edited. Overall, the book is weakened by including too many photos.

But what really hurts this book (and almost earned it only two stars, saved only by Erwitt's wonderful photos) is the physical book itself. This book is literally painful to read. It's ugly and awkward to hold. All the photos are printed full bleed, including into the gutter. Half of the book has all vertical photos, the other half, all horizontal. The binding makes it impossible to open the book fully so you can really see the photos. The book is so thick that it's very hard to hold. All this makes looking at the wonderful photos very unpleasant. The only good thing I can say about the book making here is that the minimal captions printed on the photos are very well executed using ink that is practically invisible unless you look for them and tilt the page, thus not really impacting the view of the photos.

I can't recommend this book, despite the great photos it contains. It's almost impossible to enjoy the photos in this format, and the great photos are lessened by being surrounded by so many merely good ones. There are better books that will let you really enjoy Erwitt's love of dogs.
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The guy must take a dog photo a day, and all of them funnier than the next. There is nothing better than a black and white negative photo book with a Leica in this photographer's hands with the photographer making all the sounds a dog perks it ears up for. Oddly enough, it also makes for a good wedding photographer, but that is Miss Wang.
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I can see why a few reviewers are a little put off by the girth of this tome; it has a massive page count and the format (small) doesn't really lend itself to that sort of weight, to say nothing of photography.

However, the photos are great and very fun, and this is well worth an economical cost for those not so interested in a ginormous coffee-table book.
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This is a fine collection of Erwitt's dog photos. The reproduction quality of the photos is fine, especially considering this version is paperback. If you are a fan of street photography and dogs, this book is a treasure.
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