Compawssion: Getting the Big Picture on Rescued Dogs 0
“To me, Frank honors their fundamental nature as animals, dogs, breeds, and finally as individuals. That is the exquisite magic of what he does as a photographic portrait artist.” — Cesar Millan, in the foreward to Compawssion: Portraits of Rescued Dogs
Compawssion is a collection of moving, black and white portraits of rescued dogs that reminds us that the world can be largely unaware of or insensitive to the woeful mistreatment of animals. In compiling the book, photographer Frank Bruynbroek interviewed twenty-five public figures about what it means to rescue, save, and care for a dog, and how it has had a positive impact on their lives.
Frank first met Cesar Millan over a decade ago. He was instantly charmed by Cesar's authenticity and pedagogical approach, and was impressed and inspired by his Pack of forty dogs. Frank soon asked Cesar if he would consider writing the foreword for his book. The result, Frank noted, “Was an acute and distinctive testament of my work’s true meaning.”
This oversized 160 page hardcover book contains more than one hundred photographs and three chapters of stories, including a foreword written by Cesar Millan. Other celebrity contributors include Jillian Barberie, Kim Basinger, Jackie Chan, Ellen DeGeneres, Josh Duhamel, Dr. Jane Goodall, Emmylou Harris, Katherine Heigl, Diane Keaton, Ali MacGraw, and Sharon Osbourne, among others.
Compawssion: Portraits of Rescued Dogs is available to purchase from the book’s official web site. A percentage of the proceeds from each book will benefit organizations that rescue, rehabilitate, and rehome abused and abandoned dogs, including the Cesar Millan Foundation. (Select Cesar Millan Foundation at checkout and they will receive an additional five percent.) Frank Bruynbroek has also produced a 2013 calendar featuring photographs from the book, which also benefits dogs in need.
Good Morning America and George Stephanopoulos recently selected Compawssion for their best gifts list. For more information on Cesar’s involvement with the book or to order, visit the Compawssion site.
William Wegman 0
On a perfect, sunny day the streets of New York were swarming with delightful curiosities that feed the eye of a photographer, as I was excitedly walking to my meeting with William Wegman. It didn’t occur to me that I would end up in his "place", where he lives, where he works, where his "dogs" are ... assistants, children... I mean inside his own reputation, within his imaginative domain! Usually these meetings are just a matter of facts and don't last very long. In this case, three hours later, William Wegman was still flipping through the pages of my book mock-up, showing me around, escorting me to the prop room where he keeps every, single costume ever used for his photo shoots, discussing his recent work and sharing his amazing paintings. William Wegman was the first to humanize dogs in photographs. For over thirty years he has photographed his own Weimaraners with a lot of humor. With an amazing and recognizable, artistic style, he managed to explore the same subject endlessly with a never ending imagination. I think that what William Wegman does is genius. It's as simple as that. When he agreed to write the introduction for my book i was ecstatic. When I received what William Wegman wrote for my book I felt humbled, and the impact of his profound words touched me indelibly.