Woof

Elliott Erwitt, Photographer, Trudie Styler, Foreword by , foreword by Trudie Styler. Chronicle $22.95 (165p) ISBN 978-0-8118-5112-1

Many of these pictures will make you smile, and some will make you laugh, but this is more than just a collection of cute doggie pix. They are portraits in the full sense of the word: whether posed or impromptu, each image reveals something true about a particular dog or about dogs in general. Erwitt, a veteran photographer and member of Magnum, offers simple truths: "Living with a dog is messy"; "A dog teaches a boy fidelity." His pooches, in all shapes and sizes, are pensive and playful, reflective and active; they zestfully leap into a lake or lie belly up in a grassy field, enjoying a lovely day. Unlike William Wegman's dog photos, Erwitt's don't rely on props or costumes, though two supercool Dalmatians in goggles do make an arresting pair. Even if you're not a dedicated dog lover, this book will charm you. Woof! (Dec.)

Reviewed on: 10/10/2005
Release date: 10/01/2005
Genre: Nonfiction
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