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Poignant, Playful Photos of the Stray Dogs of India

A hungry dog.

A stray puppy at Varanasi Ghat.

A kid plays with a street dog.

Mumbai photographer Neenad Joseph Arul used to be shy about approaching people, so instead, he turned to the dogs in his neighborhood. Unlike people, the stray animals were never judgmental, and they didn’t mind being photographed. Over time, what started for Arul as a simple lesson in street photography evolved into a longterm relationship with the city’s canine inhabitants.

Photos of the Eternal Kinship Shared by Women and Horses

As a child, Finnish photographer Wilma Hurskainen found horses enchanting, but she wasn’t permitted to ride them until she grew up. As an adult, the horses of her girlhood imaginings, make-believe figures from fairytales, were replaced with real-life animals, who lived and breathed and possessed temperaments entirely their own.

In some ways, her book The Woman Who Married a Horse (Kehrer Verlag), becomes a reconciliation of mankind’s idolization of horses with the true, and often more complex, nature of the animals themselves.

One Father’s Photos of the Magic of Childhood

“As we age,” Kentucky photographer Adrian C. Murray says, “we tend to forget the wonder that comes with being young.”

Haunting Photos of Polar Bears in a World Without Ice

No Snow, No Ice?

Photographer Patty Waymire has sent prints of No Snow, No Ice? both to former President Barack Obama and to current President Donald Trump. It was important to her that they witness what exactly is at skate for the polar bears of High Arctic Alaska.

The Hardship, Delight, and Perseverance of Stray Cats, in Photos

Istanbul photographer Ekin Kucuk started feeding the stray cats on her street shortly after her beloved dogs of many years died. She was grieving, and one of the few things that gave her comfort was watching the neighborhood cats gather round her garden in hopes of finding a dish of food. Her relationship with the cats began this way, with no intention of photographing their antics.

Visions of Iceland from a Remote Sheep Farm

In her remote corner of Iceland, photographer Marzena Skubatz makes her home in a sheep farm and weather station.

Hanged, Stabbed and Abandoned: the Horrific Fate of Greyhounds in Spain

It is not difficult to find people who remember that, after the hunting season, galgos were hanged, rotting in the sun, in dozens. Nobody took them down, they were nobody, and weeks would pass.

All galgos go to heaven. That might be true. But it is a real hell what many galgos live on earth. Individuals left alone, invisible. Trained, traded, stolen, bred and killed in ways I wouldn’t believe were true when I started the film. Or maybe I didn’t want to as it was too hard to acknowledge that collective failure. A society that allows so much cruelty dressed in a sport robe, in tradition and ritual. Galgos are hung, stabbed, burnt or abandoned to die.

Filmmaker Yeray Lopez Portillo has a Spanish greyhound named Bacalao. She rides with him on a cargo bike everywhere he goes. “In a way, she saved my life,” he says, referencing a period of depression she helped him overcome. As it happens, he probably saved her life too.

Every year, somewhere between 50 and 100 thousand dogs just like Bacalao are abandoned or killed. Some estimates place that number at 200 thousand. When hunting season ends, the greyhounds, known as galgos in Spain, are hanged from trees, dropped down wells, and left by the side of the road without access to food or water.

The Secret World of the Street Cats of Kazakhstan

‘I have always been around cats” writes Kazakh photographer Evgeniya Gor. She admires cats for their natural grace and independence and is forever observing, rescuing and looking out for strays when not at home with the two feline friends of her own—Masha who she rescued from the streets 17 years ago, and her kitten Chaus, who is now 9 years old. Most of the cats portrayed in her images have no home and must endure Astana’s harsh winters, where the average temperature is 14.2 °C (6.4 °F).

‘Flying Dogs’ Have the Time of Their Lives

Amy © Julia Christe

Scotch © Julia Christe

It all started with a dog named Flinn and his frisbee. His owner, photographer Julia Christe, set out to capture in an instant the unbridled joy of playing dogs like Flinn, and after quite a lot of shenanigans with dozens of canines, Flying Dogs was born.

Enchanted Memories from a Farm in the Midwest

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“The farm was my giant playground,” photographer Tamie Steffen-Hornstein remembers of a childhood spent in rural Southwest Minnesota. She spent her days in the treehouse, on her raft in the creek, or working beside her father.

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