Menu

Posts tagged: Sophie Gamand

The Vulnerability of Pit Bulls, in Photos

Frida, adopted

Sula, available for adoption at AZK9 Rescue

Rumple, available for adoption at Animal Haven

When the photographer Sophie Gamand first pitched her Pit Bull Flower Power book to publishers, she faced resistance. One suggested, “Nobody cares about pit bulls.” Gamand is familiar with this sentiment. Over the four years she’s spent photographing the misunderstood dogs, she’s learned some painful facts: about one million pit bull type dogs die in shelters each year because they do not find homes. Approximately one out of every six hundred is adopted. In the United States, a pit bull is euthanized every thirty seconds, due in large part to an unwarranted stigma fed by biased and negative press. Abuse and neglect effect hundreds of thousands of individual animals. But at the same time, Gamand has also discovered another truth: families around the world have pit bulls they love and cherish.

15 Photoville Exhibitions We Can’t Wait to See

flower-power-2-copy

© Sophie Gamand

There’s nothing like Photoville. For New York City’s single largest annual photography event, United Photo Industries has repurposed over sixty shipping containers, transforming them into miniature art galleries lining Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Part of what makes Photoville so unique is it’s diversity, and this year’s lineup touches on the most pressing topics of our time: climate change, human rights, and yes, even animal rights. From photographer Sophie Gamand’s pit bull adoption event, where visitors can meet their new best friend, to the unforgettable and deeply human work of the late Chris Hondros and other conflict photographs who followed in his footsteps, Photoville 2016 takes us around the world and back home again, reminding us of the power photography has always held while pointing to a future none of us can predict.

We put together this list of 15 exhibitions we’re most excited to see, ranging from the clever to the profound and everything in between. Photoville opens today at 4:00 PM.

EXHIBITION: Flower Power, September 21 – 25, 2016.
Presented by Sophie Gamand.
The photography of Sophie Gamand has saved the lives of countless shelter dogs, including pit bull type dogs, who are euthanized across the country more frequently than any other kind of dog (about one million per year) due to prejudice and stereotypes. By dressing homeless pit bulls in flower crowns, Gamand has not only helped to further the worldwide movement against breed-based discrimination and legislation, but she has also encouraged people to adopt many of the gentle creatures featured in her portraits. Photoville 2016 marks the artist’s first solo exhibition in the United States, and to celebrate the occasion some of her canine models will be joining her for a very Special Flower Power Dog Adoption event. All will be on the lookout for loving homes in the crowd.

Sophie Gamand on the Power of Photography and the Love of Dogs (Sponsored)

AmyL

Amy, adopted

In the United States alone, an estimated one million homeless pit bulls are euthanized. New York photographer Sophie Gamand never expected to be a leading voice for these dogs, but after her series Pit Bull Flower Power went viral, she was thrust into that role. She’s a fine art photographer who became an animal advocate.

9 Photographers Discuss the Ups and Downs of their Photos ‘Going Viral’ at the Next BlowUp on Dec. 10 in NYC

theblowup-invite-december

Viral photographs: you’ve seen them everywhere, but chances are you don’t know the whole story. On December 10th, 2015, Feature Shoot will present the third edition of The BlowUp, a quarterly event that brings together a selection of extraordinary photographers and storytellers, each slated to share the backstory behind a significant shot of his or her choosing. These time, the theme is viral photography, a subject that has inspired scholarly papers, how-to books, and countless unforgettable anecdotes throughout the last several years.

The third BlowUp will run from 6:30 – 9:00 PM at ROOT, 443 W 18th St, New York City. As per usual, our featured speakers run the gamut from emerging art students to downright photographic legends.

From Arne Svenson’s one-of-a-kind photographs of his Tribeca neighbors, a series of images that was not only widely shared but also culminated in a 2-year lawsuit, to Sophie Gamand’s tender portraits of adoptable pit bulls in flower crowns, the evening promises to present a rich cultural tapestry of the modern era and what viewers most want to see right now. Kirra Cheers will tell of Tinder dates gone right (photographically, if not romantically), and Amos Mac will discuss his ad campaign featuring transgender models for &Other Stories recently named by CNN as one of the “ads that changed the world”.

While Caroline Tompkins will get to the core of street harassment with her photographs of men who catcalled her, Allaire Bartel will approach the same subject from a vastly different angle with her series of staged narrative portraits addressing sexual harassment. Henry Hargreaves will discuss one of his many viral projects, while Victoria Will will take us on a trip back in time with her labor-intensive tintype portraits of modern celebrities, and Kristine Potter will tell the tale of her photographs of West Point cadets, and why in the end, going viral is a double-edged sword.

Interested in attending? We have a limited number of tickets available for Feature Shoot readers. Tickets are $20 each and will include an open bar from 6:30-7:30. RSVP here and see you there!

The BlowUp is sponsored by our friends at ROOT Studios and Agency Access. Follow us on FacebookTwitter and Instagram for updates.

Homeless Pit Bulls Get a Chance to Shine in Floral Photo Series

Murdock

Murdock, available for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue

Aphrodite

Aphrodite, available for adoption at Sean Casey Animal Rescue

Apple

Apple, adopted

Murdock, says New York-based photographer Sophie Gamand, who has been making portraits of pit bull type dogs over the last year, is “the sweetest dog.” Like some other pit bulls who ultimately wind up homeless and in shelters, Murdock was abused at a dog fighting ring, where he was used as a “bait dog” to test the fighting strength of other dogs. His mouth was likely taped shut so that he was unable to defend himself, and he survived the ordeal with one blind eye and numerous wounds. Despite the cruelty of his past, Murdock was and continues to be deeply loved by the shelter staffers who care for him. Pit bulls like Murdock are what drives Gamand to continue to fight against the stigma that often surrounds them with her series Pit Bull Flower Power, for which she has photographed over one hundred dogs cloaked in handmade crowns of blossoms.

Announcing Our Flora & Fauna Photography Show Winners to be Exhibited at Photoville

DiDonato.01.HiRes

© Brooke DiDonato
Blending In
11 x 17 inches
Edition of 10
$375 (40% of proceeds to Hempstead Town Animal Shelter)

DiDonato.02.HiRes

© Brooke DiDonato
Showtime
11 x 17 inches
Edition of 10
$375 (40% of proceeds to Hempstead Town Animal Shelter)

Flora & Fauna, presented by the photography website Feature Shoot at Photoville, is a show about plants and animals curated by Feature Shoot’s Instagram followers opening Friday, September 10 at Brooklyn Bridge Park. Over a period of 3 weeks, we sorted through over 9,000 images and posted over 400 images to Instagram, inviting our followers to vote. Our followers cast their votes simply by “liking” the image(s) on Instagram, and the 25 most popular images (from 22 photographers around the world) are presented in this show.

Photos Tell the Sad Story of Stray Dogs Dumped at ‘Dead Dog Beach’ in Puerto Rico

_ANT6881

_ANT1085

There are 250,000 stray dogs in Puerto Rico. Many of these dogs have been dumped at Dead Dog Beach, an isolated area located on the South-East coast. Locals call the strays ‘satos,’ and view them as a nuisance. Sadly, the dogs here live out their short lives filled with neglect and abuse. Photographer Sophie Gamand has travelled to Dead Dog Beach multiple times over a year and a half with Chrissy Beckles, founder of The Sato Project, an organization that provides food, fresh water, vet care and seeks to find new homes for these animals in New York. Gamand documents her experiences here in an attempt to raise awareness of the abuse and suffering of these neglected ‘satos.’

Charming Photos of ‘Wet Dogs’ Mid-Bath

Sophie Gamand

Sophie Gamand

In an attempt to better understand humans, photographer Sophie Gamand has turned to dogs, photographing charismatic canines for the last four years; “dogs mirror us and say a lot about our own solitude and the challenges we face in human society. To think dogs were the first example of artificial selection is fascinating. That means they stopped being animals a long time ago, in my opinion. Now they are somewhat between animals and humans. They are pets. Companions,” she says.

Subscribe to our newsletter

Get some visual inspiration into your day!