Magazine article The Spectator

'A Dog a Day', by Sally Muir - Review

Magazine article The Spectator

'A Dog a Day', by Sally Muir - Review

Article excerpt

There are currently 151,000,000 photos on Instagram tagged #Dog which is 14,000,000 more than those tagged #Cat. The enormous number shouldn't surprise us. We've been obsessively depicting our dogs since prehistoric times, when we painted them on walls, carved them in ivory and buried them with bones and blankets for the afterlife.

A Dog a Day is one of two marvellous new books that feed this atavistic devotion. A handsome collection of Sally Muir's dog portraiture, it demonstrates the artist's technical range and her keen understanding of essential doggishness. The images are deft sketches that capture the particular hang of a hound's head, the Mikado-sticks jumble of lurcher legs or the crazy glint in a spaniel's eye. Muir's mastery of the expressive capacity of the canine eye in particular makes these paintings live and pant.

An unusual angle from Tim Flach in Really Good Dog Photography

Really Good Dog Photography is just what it claims to be, a gorgeous compendium of work from 28 photographers that presents its subjects from some unusual angles. …

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