Bruce Weber. Edited & Designed by Dimitri Levas.
New York. Bulfinch Press. 1994. First edition. Cloth-backed hardback with illustrated paper-covered boards. Unpaginated [c.200 pages]. Original press release laid in. 141 b&w and colour photographic plates. 315 x 250mm (12½ x 9¾"). 1.9kg. 08212216632. English. Near fine; slight rubbing to lower edge and front lower forecorner, very faint mark to front board; no inscriptions, an excellent copy.
'I couldn't help liking those gentle giants, because they reminded me of bears, or tough guys with hearts of gold.'
Gentle Giants is Weber's song to the Newfoundland. He photographed owners and their dogs over a two year period, travelling to homes and kennels in Massachusetts, Montana, California, New York, Saskatchewan and even Rome. The photographs are accompanied by interviews with the dog owners and interspersed with texts by Patti Smith, James Baldwin, Eugene O'Neill, C.Z. Guest, Lord Byron, and Joseph Conrad. This is a charming book from an obsessive dog-lover. It explores man's relationship with his best friend. Weber gives these tough but gentle beasts the same beauty and inner power that he gives his portraits of wrestlers and boxers. The book was a companion volume to an exhibition and short film of the same name.