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Animal photographer Charlotte Dumas works to reveal the many varieties of relationships between man and animal. The images are more than nobel portraits of animals, they are revealing vignettes that work to lift the curtain on relationships many of us think little about. The frames are ever intimate and approachable. We weigh our own emotions against those of her subjects, we sympathise, and are quite often called to remember the captivity we, as humans impose on fellow creatures.
For Dumas a common theme has been horses. Though replaced by the automobile decades ago these majestic creatures still serve as workers, racers, and even for some, pets. A poignant project that related to another chapter in the story between human and horse is a recent series Anima that feature the Old Guard- the burial horses of the Arlington National Cemetery. Dogs too have proved recurring; their relationship to humans is also multifaceted. Dumas has photographed the strays of Palermo and New York City in Heart-Shaped Hole (2008) and Heart of a Dog (2009). In 2011 Dumas narrowed in on a special story. She sought out the 15 remaining dogs that assisted FEMA agents in the aftermath of 9/11 at the World Trade Center and at the Pentagon. Now scattered around the states the dogs photographed in the resulting body of work,Retrieved, were crucial to the search and rescue effort of FEMA agents.
Other notable projects include the wolves of Norway and Sweden and tigers kept in the confinement of zoos, parks, and sanctuaries. With these works the ethics of freedom and captivity, survival, safety, and preservation of the species all come into play.
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