Author(s): Andy Hughes
"Artists live by curiosity and enthusiasm, qualities readily evident as inspiration in dogs." Robert Adams, Why People Photograph I, Jack Russell is a journey of discovery that will enthrall dog lovers everywhere. When photographer Andy Hughes, a life long admirer and owner of Jack Russells, realised that he had many more pictures of his dogs than he did of his family and friends, he decided to create this joyous enterprise, photographing one dog which lead to another dog until he had traveled the length and breadth of the UK and then ventured to the USA, where he captured the Jack Russell Terrier Club Trials in Florida. The result: this book exploring the relationship between the Jack Russell and its human companions. Originally bred as a hunting dog in England in the 19th century and still used as working dogs today, Jack Russells are sturdy, tough, tenacious, intelligent, athletic, fearless and vocal animals who create their own fun when left to entertain themselves. Full of spontaneity, the photographs show Jack Russells at work, rest and play and capture the essence of what it is to be and to own a Jack Russell terrier.
The text includes excerpts from psychologist Alexandra Horowitz's acclaimed book Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know, a specially commissioned piece from English dog authority John Bradshaw, as well as reminiscences of Hughes' own dogs and those he has met along the way.
"Through the ups and downs of life, sometimes it's your dog who seems to know who you are, what you do, and understand things you do not even know about yourself." Andy Hughes; Dog photography books have an excellent track record and this one is exceptionally charming and full of heart stealing images; Jack Russells are enormously popular; right now Uggie, star of The Artist, is stealing the show from the film's human actors; The photographs capture Jack Russell's at work, at play, with their human companions, in every possible activity.
Andy Hughes is a photographer and artist whose works consider the beach, ocean and environment. His work has been featured in exhibitions in the US and UK, and in magazines worldwide. John Bradshaw is the author of In Defence of Dogs (Allen Lane/Perseus /Viking Adult 2011), and founder of the Institute of Anthrozoology at Bristol University. Alexandra Horowitz is the author of the #1 New York Times bestseller Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know (Simon & Shuster). She teaches psychology at Columbia University.