A Fine-Art Approach to Photographing Animals

June 15, 2012

By Conor Risch

© Charlotte Dumas/Julie Saul Gallery/Galerie Paul Andriesse

Buck, one of the horses working in Arlington National Cemetery. To see more images by Charlotte Dumas, click on the Photo Gallery link below.

While studying at the Gerrit Rietveld Academie, an art school in Amsterdam, Charlotte Dumas was discouraged from making photographs of animals by instructors who believed that animals were not worthy subjects for contemporary artists. They reacted to her work by saying: “Nice, but now you have to move on to do something more serious,” she recalls. After she graduated she...

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