Well Heeled

Amateur Photographer - - 7 Days -

By Dougie Wal­lace, Dewi Lewis, £26.00, 240 pages, hard­back, ISBN 978-1-911306-18- 4 Never one to stick to con­ven­tion, con­fronta­tional street pho­tog­ra­pher Dougie Wal­lace has taken a break from get­ting in the faces of peo­ple in order to get in the faces of dogs in­stead. Wal­lace is known for his gar­ish street por­traits of night-time rev­ellers and, most re­cently, his ex­plo­ration of the rich and elite who pa­rade around out­side Har­rods in Lon­don. This book, from pub­lisher Dewi Lewis, deals with some of the most spoiled mutts you’ve ever seen. Specif­i­cally, the im­ages doc­u­ment ‘pet par­ents’ – an elite group that dresses its dogs up in natty lit­tle out­fits and plas­ters them with the kinds of di­a­mond riches that would make Croe­sus sick with envy. The dogs are strik­ing char­ac­ters in them­selves. Each face is as ex­pres­sive as any of Wal­lace’s peo­ple im­ages, though you do quickly come to sus­pect that be­hind the eyes are word­less cries for help. It’s an­other great book from Wal­lace and one that, typ­i­cally, has much to say the more you look at it. ★★★★ ★

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