Portraits of Champion Breeds
By Kathryn Dun
(St. Martin's Griffin, Paperback, 9780312385125, 112pp.)
Publication Date: November 11, 2008
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For those in the know, sheep are the stars of the huge annual agricultural shows, as they parade their polished hooves and oiled horns. Swathed in fleeces expertly trimmed and coiffured to accentuate their finer points, Beautiful Sheep is a testament that skillful shepherds can create unique and living works of art.
There are a great many breeds of sheep, that for centuries provided income from their wool--thus today's versions are able to produce long heavy fleeces. Likewise, those sheep used primarily for their meat were bred and developed to graze the harsh upland and hill territories well-suited for those climates.
All of these breeds are showcased, as never before, in the pages of this collector's item. No longer will the gentle ovine be reduced to catch phrases about "the black sheep of the family" or "the wolf in the sheep's clothing"--but now can be appreciated and admired as stunning creatures. A beautiful pictorial of sheep--arranged by breed, with geographical and historical information to complement the images--immaculately presented as stars of the catwalk, the best of the show. The result is an unusual and totally charming book.
KATHRYN DUN is Honorary Secretary for the Sheep Veterinary Society. She qualified as a veterinarian at the Dick Vet School, Edinburgh University, in 1992. She returned to the school in 1994 and works there as a farm veterinarian in the farm animal teaching practice. While on duty there in 1997, she assisted with the delivery of Dolly, the famous cloned sheep. Kathryn helps show her family's North Country Cheviots and Scotch Mules at numerous events, including the Royal Highland Show.
PAUL FARNHAM learned the art of fashion photography by working alongside the likes of Bryan Adams, Annie Liebowitz, and Brigitte Lacombre. He has an impressive portfolio of clients including Burberry, Oyster, and Dansk. Paul’s renowned ability to make his models feel relaxed in front of the camera was fully tested by the unique demands of applying fashion photography techniques to some unusual catwalk models in Beautiful Sheep.