Animal Photography Books
Since the invention of the camera photographers have been photographing
images of cats, dogs, and other companion animals to share their beauty
with others. The following books contain images from the last two centuries
that capture the special relationship between humans and animals.
If you are interested in photographing animals, you should study the
images in these books as examples of style, composition, and the ideal
expression you will be trying to capture. Click any of the links below
to be taken to Amazon.com where you can purchase these great books.
Only You Knew How Much I Smell You: True Portraits of Dogs
This collection of over 60 beautiful sepia-toned dog photographs
by Valerie Shaff is probably our favorite book of modern animal
photography. This winning collection teams up dog portraits and
humorous verse by Roy Blount, Jr. to offer an honest, original,
and hilarious portrayal of what dogs really "think".
Am Puppy Hear Me Yap: The Ages of Dog
Have you ever wondered how puppies see the world as they progress
from puppyhood to doghood? I Am Puppy, Hear Me Yap is Shaff's
second collection of dog photography with more than 50 delightful
and witty photographs. Roy Blount, Jr. again provides the humorous
text that brings these puppies to life.
I Pig Enough for You Yet?: Voices of the Barnyard
Valerie Shaff and Roy Blount, Jr.'s third collection, this time
of barnyard animals, is as endearing as the first two books they
created together. Am I Pig Enough for You gives readers a
funny and rare view into the minds of farm animals.
Dog - 100 Years of Classic Photography
From the earliest daguerreotypes to modern portraits, the images
in The Dog: 100 Years of Classic Photography are as varied
as the dogs they capture. Each photograph in this collection reflects
a different period in time and captures the unique relationship
people have with their dogs.
Spanning over 150 years, this collection of almost 500 photographs
features images of dogs by famous photographers and artists as well
as many other photographs of dogs. It also includes a captivating
history of photography and the role of the dog in it.
Friends: Portraits of Rescued, Sheltered and Adopted Companion Animals
Best Friends is a collection of photographs of some of the
animals who were in fact longing to become someone's "best
friend". This book contains over 100 images of pets who have
been cared for and given a second chance thanks to non-profit animal
shelters nationwide. Including an introductory essay, quotes about
these animal friends, background notes on all of the animals pictured,
and a resource section round out this essential addition to the
library of any animal lover.
A portion of the proceeds from Best Friends will be donated
to non-profit and animal welfare and care organizations by both
the photographer and publisher.
Complete Cats in the Sun
The Complete Cats in the Sun contains the three beautiful
books of feline photography by Hans Silvester: Cats in the Sun,
Asleep in the Sun, and The Mediterranean Cat. This
one-volume collection contains stunning photographs of cats on fishing
boats, rooftops, and many other locales in the Mediterranean. His
photographs make the Greek isles look like cat heaven!
in the Sun
Greece's Cyclades islands serve as the backdrop for photographer
Hans Silvester's Dogs in the Sun. The dogs, who most often
travel in packs, are shown doing everything from enjoying a Mediterranean
romp on the beach to lounging in the sun and everything in between.
This guy has a great job and we are very jealous!
Meaningful Portraits of Dogs
This collection of more than 90 photographs of 48 dogs of various
breeds and personalities are alphabetized by each dog's name. Included
with each photo are some "doggie definitions" that capture the essence
of each dog.
And Other Dogs 1850-1940
Prince is a collection of Victorian-era photographs of dogs posing
both with and without their owners. This assortment of photographs
show that dogs, even in the nineteenth century, were an important
part of any family. We find collections of old animal photographs
very interesting and comforting because they show how relatively
little human's relationship with their animals have changed over
Dog Album: Studio Portraits of Dogs and Their People
The Dog Album is a collection of antique photos that prove
that dogs have always been a valued member of the family. For the
nineteenth-century family when taking a photograph was an expensive
and timely endeavor, a photo session was an event. Additionally,
exposures were slow meaning that subjects had to hold a pose for
a long time which makes the fact that so many dogs participated
in the event that much more fascinating. The Dog Album is
an intriguing look at early photography and the part of the family
Although the following books are currently out of print, you may be able
to find a used copy. They are well worth the search.
Chandoha's Book of Kittens and Cats
This book by photographer Walter Chandoha, one of our favorite
animal photographers, is a collection of over 240 images of felines
from kittenhood to adulthood. You can order his books used from
Amazon.com or if your lucky, find them at a used book store as we
Chandoha's Book of Puppies and Dogs
Another great collection by Walter Chandoha, this time of our canine
Silent Miaow: A Manual for Kittens, Strays, and Homeless Cats
This fictional translation of a cat's manual which instructs stray
kittens and homeless cats in how to obtain, captivate, and dominate
the families of their choice contains over 200 black and white photographs.
The photographs are mostly of a small group of cats and shows the
interaction between the cats, their humans, and their environment.