by Rebecca Bedrossian
Recently, I’ve seen a lot of chatter, in the blogs I follow, about photographer Tim Flach’s new book Dogs. I first saw the Flying Mop, featured on the book’s cover, last November when I visited Tim’s studio in London. At the time, he was in the midst of creating Dogs, and I got a sneak peek at some of the fascinating dogs he’d photographed—a dog groomed to look like both a lion and a zebra, and an Afghan’s demure gesture emphasized by its human-like hair. These and other curiously beautiful images were featured in the March/April 2010 feature on Tim Flach.
Avoiding the cute dog cliché is an ambitious undertaking, and Flach
readily admits the subject is incredibly sentimentalized. “There isn’t
an interest in dismantling a discussion on the gaze and concepts of
cuteness,” he explains. “But merely that the very process of inquiry
involves a journey, and it’s not the same as saying let’s get a load of
these animals and photograph them on a white background and produce
pretty pictures.” This canine expedition is taking Flach all over the
world—from Tibet to Iceland—to explore aspects of cloning, plastic
surgery, domesticity and, of course, how humans bond with dogs.
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