Together, photographer Arne Svenson and Ron Warren, director of the Mary Boone Gallery, photographed 140 dog toys that have seen ‘better days’ for their new photo book, Chewed. Augusten Burroughs, Isaac Mizrahi, William Wegman, Todd Oldham, and Maria Kalman are just a few of their pet-owning friends that contributed mangled dog toys and stories for the book.
Of the book, Svenson and Warren write: ‘We decided to take a close look at these comically distorted creatures. We began by coaxing these casualties of tough love from pet-owning friends. Soon we were swamped with boxes containing plush animals, rubber squeakies, and unidentifiable bits and pieces. We photographed these slobbery victims in a formal yet humorous style as seen through the eyes of the adoring pet’.