Dogs Make Us Human
A Global Family Album
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
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Famed wildlife photographer Art Wolfe has chosen one hundred of his favorite photographs of dogs- including shots from every continent of the world-and teamed up with bestselling animal writer Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson to create a remarkable book that will be treasured by dog lovers far and wide. From Tibet to New York City, from Mongolia to Paris, Peru, and Ghana-in fact everywhere on earth, we see dogs living with humans in a kind of intimacy not found with any other animal. It is impossible to view these astonishing photographs without agreeing with Masson and Wolfe that there is no other relationship in nature quite like that between dogs and humans. The renowned author of Dogs Never Lie About Love offers deep insight into that relationship. For fifteen thousand years, Masson tells us, humans have encouraged dogs to become part of our lives, because we like being around them. And they, too, like being around us. As Masson points out, dogs don't care about our status, our color, our ethnicity; the biases, prejudices, and presuppositions of humans are foreign to dogs. Our cross-species friendship is a universal relationship that cuts across all cultures and continents. The mystery of it still defies explanation, but these extraordinary photographs reveal that its uniqueness is understood throughout the world.
Praise for Dogs Make Us Human:
"Dogs Make Us Human will be greatly appreciated by dog-lovers everywhere. The text is heartwarming, and the photographs are beautiful. The book is a triumph."- Elizabeth Marshall Thomas
Over the course of his 30-year career, photographer Art Wolfe has worked on every continent and in hundreds of locations. His books include the award-winning Vanishing Act, The High Himalaya, Water: Worlds between Heaven & Earth, The Art of Photographing Nature, as well as numerous children's titles. Graphis included his books Light on the Land and Migrations on its list of the 100 best books published in the 1990s. In 2000 he published his signature work, The Living Wild. Visit his web site at www.artwolfe.com.
Jeffrey Moussaieff Masson is a former psychoanalyst who was, briefly, director of the Freud Archives. He has taught the history of psychoanalysis and journalistic ethics at the University of Toronto and the University of Michigan. At present he is an honorary research associate in the department of philosophy at the University of Auckland, in New Zealand. He is the author of numerous bestselling books on animal emotions, including Dogs Never Lie About Love, When Elephants Weep, and The Dog Who Couldn't Stop Loving. Visit his web site at www.jeffreymasson.com.