An exhibition of photographs in which dogs behave like people... and people are transformed into dogs!
One of the best-known contemporary photographers is William Wegman, who has depicted his Weimaraners in all sorts of costumes and dramatic situations. Wegman's photographs and videos have been shown in major museums and galleries around the world, and they connect with many viewers because they probe the centuries-old bond between humans and canines.
This exhibition presents a selection of historical photographs that also explore the complex relationships of people and dogs. Most were made a century or more before Wegman, and some hark back to the earliest years of photography, when technical challenges made any image of an animal a rarity.
The second part of "Photography as a Fine ARF!" features a group of photocollages by a dog breeder with a brash, creative eye--and a penchant for turning humans into dogs. Or was she trying to turn dogs into humans?
Either way, we hope you find these photographs a fitting tribute to Man's Best Friend.
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Bell & Clayton (Philadelphia): White Poodle
Sixth-plate daguerreotype with applied coloring, 1850s
J.E. Carpenter (LeRoy, New York): Three Boys and a Dog
Quarter-plate daguerreotype, lightly tinted, taken August 27, 1854
Unidentified photographer (U.S.): Sit!
Quarter-plate tintype, circa 1860
Briggs, Artistic Photographer (Pendleton, Oregon): A Fire-Dog
Albumen print cabinet card, circa 1888
H. Wade and Son (Franklinville, New York): Out for a Stroll
Albumen or other silver print on cabinet card mount, circa 1895
Schmedling Studio (Chattanooga, Tennessee): Advertising Card for Cole the Hatter
Albumen print cabinet card, circa 1875
George B. Sperry (Toledo, Ohio): Two Double Portraits of a Boy and his Dog
Collodion print cabinet cards, circa 1895