Intellectually and visually stimulating, Taschen's "A Thousand Dogs" is more than just another last minute gift / impulse buy/coffee table book of cute dog pictures.
This book features the work of numerous famous photographers and artists (from Picasso to Man Ray, Ralph Gibson to Eric Fischl, Wolfgang Tillmans to David Salle, and of course Elliott Erwitt and William Wegman), as well as captivating essays on the presence of dogs in the history of photography and their relations with man.
Spanning over 150 years, Taschen's "A Thousand Dogs" chronicles the life and times of man and dog. It is presented in five chapters: 'Catching the Sun: Seeing the Light' (1839 to 1890), 'Embracing Uncertain Verities' (1890 to 1930), my favorite 'Weathering the Storms' (1930 to 1950), 'Looking Within' (1950 to 1980), and 'Completing the Circle' (1980 to the present).
Pick it up. $15 at B&N