Best in Show: Pets in Contemporary Photography
Explore the role our furry (and feathered) friends have played in culture and how they stand in as representations of status, power, loyalty, compassion and companionship through the perspectives of 25 global artists at Fotografiska New York.
Among the works on view are examples by William Wegman, famed for his portraits of his Weimaraners; Walter Chandoha, the world’s first professional cat photographer; and Sophie Gamand, known for her touching, sensitive photographs of dogs taking baths.
With this exhibition, Fotografiska wanted to celebrate and acknowledge our constant companions, their presence in Western art and popular culture, and our multifaceted relationship with them. They place these animals on a pedestal and consider them from all perspectives: as life partners, status symbols, friends and family members, and as works of art.
The Artists: Akseli Valmunen, Areca Roe, Carli Davidson, Dolly Faibyshev, Elliott Erwitt, Gerrard Gethings, Heather Phillipson, Hellen van Meene, Jeff Koons, John Hiltunen, Kári Björn, Leila Jeffreys, Lisa Strömbeck, Martin Parr, Martin Usborne, Ralph Hargarten, Robert Bahou, Robin Schwartz, Sage Sohier, Sophie Gamand, Tim Flach, Visarute Angkatavanich, Walther Chandoha, William Wegman, Winnie Au.