In its premiere issue, Four&Sons pays homage to iconic photographer Elliott Erwitt, whose waggish black and whites of such figures as Marilyn Monroe and Fidel Castro are rivalled only by hundreds more of dogs. They explore artists whose work is inspired by dogs Guggenheim Fellow Mark Ruwedel’s wistful pictures of abandoned doghouses in the desert, Sony Photography Award winner Sophie Gamand’s disarming portraits of sopping-wet dogs – and, conversely, those whose dogs inspire them. For Chris Johanson and Johanna Jackson, their affenpinscher, Raisin, has witnessed the creative couple’s meteoric rise from San Francisco street artists to contemporary art icons. Sleigh Bells’ raven-haired, tattoo-sleeved frontwoman Alexis Krauss’ bull terrier Rizla keeps her company on tour and even barked a cameo on the band’s record, Bitter Rivals. There are tales about dogs real (Nipper, the HMV dog) and imagined (Dave Eggers’ star-crossed mutt). And they’ve dug up an obscure collection by Peter Hujar – he of the infamous Candy Darling on her Deathbed – starring animals and nudes.
144 pages, 27.5 x 21.5 cm, softcover, Four&Sons (Melbourne/New York).