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To the Dogs

by (author) Peter Culley

Arsenal Pulp Press
Initial publish date
Oct 2008
Photoessays & Documentaries, General
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2008
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About the author

Peter Culley is the author of six books of poetry, most recently Hammertown (2003) and The Age of Briggs & Stratton (2008). He has also written extensively on visual art in various books and magazines for the past two decades. He lives in Nanaimo, BC.

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Editorial Reviews

A beautiful coffee-table book.... A wonderfully written essay accompanies the photos. A lovely addition to any book collection.

A lavish new book.
-The National Post

The National Post

A lyrical exploration of the complex relationship between man and dog.
-Montreal Gazette

Montreal Gazette

Culley interrogates the relationship between humans and the domesticated creatures that descended from wolves.... The photos are fantastic, including work by Roger Ballen, Robert Capa, Lee Friedlander, Pieter Hugo, Paul Kane, Magnum Photos, and William Wegman.
-North Shore News

North Shore News

The book is terrific -- To the Dogs is smart, provocative and compelling. And Culley's beautifully written text is original, unusual and interesting.
-Victoria Times Colonist

Victoria Times Colonist

This handsome publication surveys more than 90 historical and contemporary potos of dogs.... In the book's engaging essay, Peter Culley writes, "It's hard to believe that the Siberian husky and the Chihuahua in Paris Hilton's purse inhabit the same planet, let alone the same gene pool".... Culley reflects at length on dogfighting and prfoessional athletes. he also muses on definitions of dog-dom; on the wild and the domesticated; and on our evolving connection with our nonhuman companions. His thoughts and reminiscences make a fine guide to this fascinating collection of images.
-Georgia Straight

Georgia Straight

Culley's book celebrates the relationships between people and their dogs-or perhaps, dogs and their people. The writer accompanies his essay with dozens of beautiful photographs by various photographers.... The ideal coffee table book for your dog-obsessed friends and family.
-Seattle Weekly

Seattle Weekly

Leave it to a poet to approach the domesticated pooch with a quizzical perspective and an eye for detail, fusing humor and indignation to produce a fascinating host of insights into human culture about our capricious monkey logic, our bankrupt, exploitive dark side.... The photos are fantastic, including work by Roger Ballen, Robert Capa, Lee Friedlander, Pieter Hugo, Paul Kane, Magnum Photos, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Hiroshi Sugimoto, William Wegman, Garry Winogrand.
-North Shore Outlook

North Shore Outlook

A wide selection of photographs, historic and contemporary, by photographers famous (including Robert Capa, Lee Friedlander, Pieter Hugo, Paul Kane, Hitoshi Sugimoto, William Wegman and Garry Winogrand) and unknown, of dogs - and wolves and coyotes and at least one hyena - in every situation. The text, by B.C. poet Peter Culley, is a beautifully written meditation on dogs and humans and their interconnectedness through the ages.
-The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail

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