Best Friends: The Dog as Subject in Fine Art Photography


The relationship we have with man’s best friend is a two way street. But in art our canine companions are usually included as an accessory for their owners or as a symbolic reference. Images of dogs can be found in the prehistoric cave art and on ancient Egyptian monuments. Today, dogs are so much a part of our lives that they are often over looked in master works by artists such as Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec , Picasso, Manet, Dali, and countless others.

Best Friends: the dog as subject in fine art photography presents individual dogs as primary subject. Many of the photographs could be labeled portraits because of the obvious affection the photographer has for the particular dog in the photograph. Twentieth-century photographers William Wegman and Elliott Erwitt have made their reputations on their iconic images of dogs. This exhibition explores the universal symbiotic relationship between people and their dogs as captured on film by photographers William Wegman, Elliott Erwitt, Keith Carter, Rufus Lovett, J.W. Clarke, Dennis C. Darling and many others from the private collection of professional photographers Alice and Bill Wright. #friendshipweek #mansbestfriend #texasphotographers