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New Zealand-born, NYC-based photographer Paul Nathan shines the light on some perfectly primped canines in his new book Groomed, released this Spring by Pelluceo Publishing.Shooting at multiple high-profile grooming competitions, Nathan explores the world—and art—of dog grooming, capturing the creations of some of the world’s top dog groomers. The selection here are from what’s known as the ‘creative’ category. Humorous and delightful, Nathan’s pre-show portraits reveal character in both the artist and the canvas. He recently told us more about the world of dog grooming.
From 2011 to 2013 Erika Larsen traveled to many locations in the western U.S. to learn about the significance of the horse in Native American culture. Many people shared their stories and experiences about this connection with her, as well as the word for “horse” in their respective languages. Larsen’s photographs documenting this bond are featured in the March 2014 issue of National Geographic.
Stung by the human desire to avert one’s eyes from death and decaying bodies, Emma Kisiel presents Down to Sleep, a series of images that—-like her other series At Rest– forces us to kneel in mourning over the bodies forgotten dead animals,. As she happens upon an animal, she crouches down, fixes each within a compassionate and gentle frame, immortalizing each in a way evocative of Victorian post-mortem photography, each appearing as if he is merely asleep.
Kisiel’s subjects, their lives affirmed and dignified despite their tragic and lonesome deaths, are afforded a painfully loving final farewell. Through their passings, their bodies are sectioned off and dissected by the artist’s frame, leaving only the most poignant physical markers of a meaningful life; with each patch of fur, each tooth and eye, each clasped claw, the viewer is permitted to examine the creature with a balefully sensual intimacy.
Holly Wilmeth’s Divine Nature
This project is a series of images that represents the crossroad where woman meets the divine spirit of nature in the form of animals, and where she embraces it. There’s a long history in shamanic traditions and ancient cultures where humans have imbued themselves with the special qualities that animals have and their relationship to the world. Eating a part of the animal, or wearing a part of the animal, or using the animal as a totem deeply permeates us with their special powers. We want to come back to that state of grace where we are aligned with nature as animals are in the right relationship with their environment.”—Holly Wilmeth
With her recent series Displaced, the photographer Linda Kuo examines issues of social justice through the lens of animals illegally imported into the United States; her subjects, torn from their habitats, instincts, and social impulses give voice to the 300 million animals similarly brought to the states as pets.
Each photograph captures the life of a creature being treated for illnesses or wounds at New York City Center for Avian and Exotic Medicine; placed within the sterile context of the hospital, the displaced beasts oscillate between confusion, curiosity, and lonesomeness. The emotional core of the work is rooted in each creature’s supreme isolation; a bird sits alone on a scale, searching for some sort of recognition. Simultaneously, a guinea pig resigns himself to the clean, white basin, and a bird turns his puffy green back.
Photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur “has investigated and documented the plight of animals in captivity around the world–a ‘war photographer’ in an unseen and often intentionally ignored war on animals we use for food, fashion, science, labor and for our entertainment. Jo-Anne’s first book,’We Animals (Lantern Books, December 2013), includes more than 100 photographs shot over the last decade in 40 countries. Aside from her work being published and exhibited internationally, Jo-Anne makes her photos freely available to animal advocacy organizations. Her photos have been seen by millions of people around the world through nearly 100 highly visible public and media campaigns by organizations such as Igualdad Animal, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, Toronto Pig Save, Animals Asia, Farm Sanctuary, and the Jane Goodall Institute. Jo-Anne’s life and work is currently on the big screen in the feature-length documentary The Ghosts in Our Machine by filmmaker Liz Marshall.’ –Courtesy Jo-Anne McArthur