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December 30, 2010
photographs collected and edited by Erik Kessels, text by Christian Bunyan
This book deals with one family’s attempt to solve one of the great mysteries of photography: how to shoot a black dog.
Before the digital age, before cameras that could solve any problem from red-eye to world hunger, there was the 20th century, a time when photographers actually had to take photos themselves. Among other things, this included finding sufficient light for your subject . . .
Over days and seasons and years, they take tender portraits of their pitch pooch, only to find a silhouette where there should be a canine.
So there’s a shot of the husband stroking an enormous black blob.
And one of the wife engaging in animated chit-chat with a black triangle . . .
— excerpts from text by Christian Bunyan
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