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Animal Photographer24/03/2012 - 10:07 AM
Time to write something about someone else's photography.
I don't do this often, it's not often that I really like all of the work of one photographer - with a few notable exceptions. (British landscape photographer Joe Cornish and American landscape photographer James Kay can't do much wrong in my eyes, I like all of their work.)
But now there's (and this is also unusual for me) a Dutch photographer whose work I really like. I've only just come across her work, due to her having been nominated for an art prize: Charlotte Dumas.
She photographs animals, and she prefers her animal portraits to be posed, she treats the portraits in much the same way as the old masters did portraits of people.
I saw the photos from one of her books, Retrieved, on TV recently. It's about the rescue dogs of 9/11.
Due to the copyright on the photos I can't show you any images, but here's a link to a web page about the book, so you can have a look for yourself. (I didn't think the cover image was the best of them, but that's my personal opinion - there's another one I like better, but I may be biased, because it's an image of a retriever, and the cover image isn't...) Anyway, here's the link to the page about the book: link.
If you don't mind a bit of (double) Dutch here and there, here's the web page about her nomination: http://www.volkskrant.nl/vk/nl/5566/Volkskrant-Beeldende-Kunst-Prijs/article/detail/3222724/2012/03/09/De-aanpak-van-Charlotte-Dumas-is-bijzonder-en-intens.dhtml. At the bottom of the page there's a video - the first part is in Dutch, but it also contains a short interview with Charlotte in English.