Sunday 18 August 2019

Book ~ "The Dogs of Cuba" (2019) Emmy Park

From Goodreads ~ Discover the lives of Cuba's dogs through the lens of award-winning photographer Emmy Park. 

This book is full of beautiful and raw images; explore the relationship between Cubans and their canine companions that roam the colorful streets, iconic landmarks, and remote areas of Cuba. 

Learn about local animal rescue organizations that provide care and medical attention to dogs without homes, and why they need support. Featuring every Cuban province, be transported into the daily lives of dogs against the backdrop of rugged streets and lush landscapes.

Emmy Park is a NYC-based fashion, portrait and pet photographer.  She went in Havana in 2015 to document the Cuban skateboarding scene.  Noticing dogs everywhere, she ended up touring Cuba's four provinces taking pictures of the dogs.  She learned that there were no laws for the protection of domestic animals in Cuba, leading to the abuse and abandonment of dogs.

Through social media, she connected with animal rescue organizations in Cuba and decided to use her photography to raise awareness of the plight of the dogs in Cuba.  She hopes that seeing the images will inspire you to join her movement in helping the dogs of Cuba.

I love reading books about animals so this book caught my eye.  Plus because Park is a photographer, I was interested in seeing how a professional would capture the pictures.  The book is full-colour pictures.  Some of the dogs are obviously well-loved and well-cared for.  But it's obvious that some aren't ... they are skinny and one seemed to be looking for food around some garbage.

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