- 147 images of classic Hollywood film stars, photographed with dogs of of all shapes and sizes
- Many photographs rarely seen before now
- A companion volume to the bestselling Hollywood Unseen ISBN: 9781851496808
- A perfect gift for film buffs, and for anyone that loves dogs
Hollywood Dogs showcases a fine selection of photographs from the famous John Kobal Foundation. Taken between 1920 and 1960 during the Golden Age of Hollywood, they feature stars including Humphrey Bogart, Buster Keaton and Audrey Hepburn posing with dogs of every stature and breed. In almost every case, these stunning photographs have never been seen before now.
As much as the Hollywood studio system tried to control every aspect of their stars' lives, there was nothing the bosses could do to manipulate their illustrious employees' responses when photographed with their dogs. Hollywood Dogs celebrates this special relationship between these famous owners and their animals. Often caught off-guard, and almost always relaxed and natural, these are photographs of the Hollywood stars as real people.
Amongst the images are some of the most famous dogs in Hollywood films: Lassie; Asta; Rin Tin Tin and Toto from the Wizard of Oz. There are also a few carefully-set-up publicity shots, such as Frank Sinatra on the set of Pal Joey, and Jean Harlow accessorized with a large hat and two Old English sheepdogs.
Each image has been researched to identify the breed and wherever possible, the name of the dog, and Catherine Britton has included intriguing details about the location and background to the photograph.
Gareth Abbott has been working with photographers for over twenty years. During that time he has curated/co-curated over one hundred exhibitions and been involved in the publication of numerous photography books including Hollywood Unseen (ACC Editions, 2012). He has worked with many of the major museums of the world, and produced a BBC4 exhibition on the photographer Brian Duffy.
Catherine Britton has worked in book publishing for over twenty years. She is the author of Dogs in Books (British Library 2011) and Puss in Books (British Library 2012).