Posts Tagged ‘dog’

Some dogs from LIFE

June 6, 2012

LIFE magazine published many photos so inevitably there are some of dogs.  A few of these are featured here.  Maybe some more in a later post.  The first is a really handsome whippet and a really great photo:

Portrait of whippet chosen Best in Show--LIFE--1963--photo by Nina Leen

Portrait of whippet chosen Best in Show–LIFE–1963–photo by Nina Leen

Next we have the gorgeous Brooke Shields and her dog Ginger, back in 1986:

LIFE--Brooke Shields with dog Ginger--March, 1986

LIFE–Brooke Shields with dog Ginger–March, 1986

The next photo shows presidential candidate Bobby Kennedy running with his dog Freckles on an Oregon beach, back in 1968, before — but only a few days before his assassination on June 6, 1968:

Bobby Kennedy and his dog, Freckles, running on an Oregon beach--1968

Bobby Kennedy and his dog, Freckles, running on an Oregon beach–1968

An adjusted version of this photo by Bill Eppridge appeared on the memorial issue of LIFE on June 14, 1968, but I think the one above looks better. You can see the cover version here.

Much earlier President Harry Truman had a dog  named Feller shown in the next image as a puppy on the White house lawn, back in 1948:

President Truman's Dog-Feller--white house lawn--1948-by-Thomas D Mcavoy

President Truman’s Dog-Feller–white house lawn–1948-by-Thomas D Mcavoy

Finally, and this one gives me considerable pause for thought, we provide this stark and prescient image of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba back in 1961:

Guantanamo Bay In Cuba--1961--by Dmitri Kessel

Guantanamo Bay In Cuba–1961–by Dmitri Kessel

May the rest of your day be great.

Rita the dog [ignore video add, if any, immediately below]


Queen Elizabeth Loves Dogs

June 2, 2012

I don’t know much about her royal highness but I do know that she loves dogs, and that’s enough for me.  Can there be any doubt:

Princess Elizabeth at 10-years-old in 1936 with her first corgi

Princess Elizabeth at 10-years-old in 1936 with her first corgi

Here she is looking really happy five years later in 1941:

Queen Elizabeth II as a young Princess, with dog -- 1941

Queen Elizabeth II as a young Princess, with dog — 1941

I have no idea when this next photo was taken, but it is cute:

Princess Elizabeth with dog

Princess Elizabeth with dog

She favors a breed, which you see even in the pictures above, called a Welsh Corgi.  They look like this:

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pembroke Welsh Corgi

Pretty cute I’d say.  But maybe not as cute as the queen herself who looked like this back in 1952 when she became the queen, which event my old man says he actually remembers:

Queen Elizabeth ii--photo by--Drothy Wilding

Queen Elizabeth ii–photo by–Drothy Wilding

Since I love dog art, I dug around the net a bit and found that maybe the dog loving thing is in her genes:

van Dyck--The Three Eldest Children of Charles I--1635

van Dyck–The Three Eldest Children of Charles I–1635

And more recently this painting which shows Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the early years of their marriage, and more importantly with some of their dogs:

Landseer’s ‘Windsor Castle in Modern Times’

Landseer’s ‘Windsor Castle in Modern Times’

If you’re interested in more historical royal dogs look here, where some of these images came from (thank you!).

And a painting of the young princess in 1933 at age 7, unfortunately without dogs:

Philip Alexius de Laszlo--Princess Elizabeth of York--Currently Queen Elizabeth II of England--1933

Philip Alexius de Laszlo–Princess Elizabeth of York–Currently Queen Elizabeth II of England–1933

Born April 21, 1926 the queen is now 86 years old.  Here is a picture (from Wikipedia) taken 5 years ago:

Queen Elizabeth II in 2007

Queen Elizabeth II in 2007

I hate fanfare, but maybe the queen likes it.  In any case, as you probably know, a huge fanfare called the Diamond Jubilee celebrating her 60 years as Queen of England is this year, and some of the big stuff is about to start right about now, including horse races and I don’t know what all, but (and I’m not sure I like this) at least one dog thing:

Rhodesian Ridgeback preparing for Diamond Jubilee

Rhodesian Ridgeback preparing for Diamond Jubilee

Seems like they could have had a Corgi or at least a Dorgi, the ‘breed’ the queen herself created as a cross between a Dachshund and a Corgi, apparently with a brick as height adjuster :).

Have a nice day, yours,

Rita the dog [ignore video add, if any, just below]

P.S. I found another dog blogger who wrote about the queen:  here.

Dylan’s Dog

May 29, 2012

The Presidential Medal of Freedom recognizes those individuals who have made “an especially meritorious contribution to the security or national interests of the United States, world peace, cultural or other significant public or private endeavors”.  Today President Barack Obama awarded this honorary medal to Bob Dylan and 12 others.  Here is a photo from the New York Daily News:

President Barack Obama awarding Bob Dylan the Freedom Award

President Barack Obama awarding Bob Dylan the Freedom Award, 29 May 2012

The official announcement of the Whitehouse gives details for all recipients.  About Bob Dylan, recently turned 71 years old, they said:

Bob Dylan
One of the most influential American musicians of the 20th century, Dylan released his first album in 1962.  Known for his rich and poetic lyrics, his work had considerable influence on the civil rights movement of the 1960s and has had significant impact on American culture over the past five decades.  He has won 11 Grammys, including a lifetime achievement award.  He was named a Commandeur dans l’Ordre des Art et des Lettres and has received a Pulitzer Prize Special Citation.  Dylan was awarded the 2009 National Medal of Arts.  He has written more than 600 songs, and his songs have been recorded more than 3,000 times by other artists.  He continues recording and touring around the world today.

For those who wish to look back I found this picture, going back to the 1980’s (?) of Bob Dylan in his studio, with his dog:

Bob Dylan in studio with his dog, 1980's (?) (Photo by David Michael Kennedy)

Bob Dylan in studio with his dog, 1980’s (?) (Photo by David Michael Kennedy)

Oh, how time flies.

Have a nice day,

Rita the dog [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

New York Dogs

May 16, 2012

American photographer Walker Evans (1903-1975) documented the effects of the Great Depression on rural America.  The book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, by James Agee with photos by Walker Evans was an outgrowth of this effort.  One of the iconic images from this book is:

portrait of Allie Mae Burroughs in 1936, age 27-- a tenant farmer's wife

Walker Evans–portrait of Allie Mae Burroughs in 1936, age 27– a tenant farmer’s wife

I say, this is an attractive and proud woman, old beyond her years, from constant hard work.  This is not to minimize the hardship and suffering of the rural poor in America.  Nonetheless, an interesting postlude to the Agee/Evans book is this 2005 report on the current status of the sharecroppers featured in the book, and of their descendants in Hale County Alabama .

Less well known, is that Walker Evans started taking photos of unsuspecting passengers on the New York subways in 1938.  For three years he did this using a camera hidden in his coat.  Many years later in 1966 the collected photos from this project were published in the Walker Evans book, Many are Called, with an introduction by James Agee written in 1940.

The first dog photo I would like to share with you today is one of those subway photos of Walker Evans:

Woman in Flower-Brim Hat and Dog--subway-NYC--1938--Walker Evans

Woman in Flower-Brim Hat and Dog–subway-NYC–1938–Walker Evans

Admittedly, he didn’t get the dog too well.  Oh well. Still it is an interesting shot, taken 74 years ago.

Not so well known as Walker Evans but worthy of your attention is the street photographer Leon Levinstein.  To quote the MET:

Leon Levinstein (American, 1910–1988), an unheralded master of street photography, is best known for his candid and unsentimental black-and-white figure studies made in New York City neighborhoods from Times Square and the Lower East Side to Coney Island.

The mere title of the Met’s show says yet more: “Hipsters, Hustlers, and Handball Players Leon Levinstein’s New York Photographs, 1950–1980“.

So here is a Levinstein shot:

Leon Levinstein--probably in New York--1956

Leon Levinstein–probably in New York–1956

And if you would like another you might have a look at beach bums.

Let us now turn to Garry Winogrand (1928-1984), yet another prolific street photographer of New York and elsewhere.  You can find a nice biography of him here, the first paragraph of which I quote:

Garry Winogrand’s too short career defined street photography for future generations of photographers. He made photos of New York City and it’s inhabitants. He traveled the country is search of America. He captured the banalities, the excitement and the complex social realities of a modern city. Winogrand shot incessantly, at the time of his death he had over 2500 rolls of undeveloped film, over 6500 rolls of film that had not been contact printed and 300 contact sheets that showed no signs of being edited. This was a total of over 300,000 photographs that he had taken but not bothered to look at.

But he did look carefully at thousands of his photos and ended up publishing four books of them.  To view a nice selection of his photos, look here.  As a dog I have culled out a few with dogs, for your viewing pleasure:

Garry Winogrand--Dogs in park--New York--1970

Garry Winogrand–Dogs in park–New York–1970

Here is another:

Garrry Winograd--untitled--early 1970's

Garrry Winograd–untitled–early 1970’s

The spotted one looks a bit like my sister Cosi and the shaggy thing in the back looks something like brother Jocko.  Finally, here is one with a dog that looks like me (far right):

Garry Winograd--untitled--date unknown

Garry Winograd–untitled–date unknown

But I’m not that fat, and I certainly don’t have uncontrollable ardor for any wiener dogs.

Changing pace, here is an amusing image by photographer Elliott Erwitt:

Felix, Gladys and Rover--Elliott Erwitt--New York--1976

Felix, Gladys and Rover–Elliott Erwitt–New York–1976

Here is a photo, photographer and date unknown, showing J. Edgar Hoover (1895-1972) with a dog contestant in a New York City dog show:

J. Edgar Hoover--with contestant NYC dog show (1960's ?)

J. Edgar Hoover–with contestant NYC dog show (1960’s ?)

Gordon Parks (1912-2006) is celebrated as a photographer, filmmaker, memoirist and breaker of color barriers”.  So said the New York Times LENS blog, here, where you can also find a selection of 19 of Gordon Parks early photos, including this one from May, 1943, sixty-eight years ago (and two months before my human father was born):

Gordon Parks--A woman and her dog--Harlem section--NY--May-1943

Gordon Parks–A woman and her dog–Harlem section–NY–May-1943

Our last photo for this post is by William P. Gottlieb, best known as a photographer of American jazz artists of the 1930’s and 1940’s.  It shows jazz and pop singing great, Billie Holiday, with her dog in 1946:

William P. Gottlieb--Billie Holiday with her dog, Mister, New York, 1946

William P. Gottlieb–Billie Holiday with her dog, Mister, New York, 1946

Thats it for today, folks.

Your best friend,

Rita the dog [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

My brother Jocko

May 15, 2012
My brother Jocko

My brother Jocko

Isn’t he a handsome guy?

Have a nice day.

Your friend,

Rita the dog [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

Each to his own

May 10, 2012

My dad really likes this photo by Helmut Newton:

Photo by Helmut Newton

Photo by Helmut Newton

Personally, I think the dog is slightly out of focus.


Rita the dog  [please ignore video ad, if any, below]

Yours truly

May 7, 2012

At my (human) mother’s request, here a picture of me:

Rita, 11 March 2012

Yours truly, Rita the dog, 11 March 2012

It was a little hot that day.

Your best friend,

Rita the dog  [ignore video ad, if any, immediately below]

Red Dog

May 30, 2008

By now you may well know that I am a red dog. In my previous post you saw my picture, so you must know. There are some red dogs in art and today you get to see my favorite. It is by bay-area painter, Nathan Oliveira, who was born in Oakland, California and will turn 80 years old this year. Here it is:

Nathan Oliveira -- Red Dog -- 2000

Nathan Oliveira — Red Dog — 2000 (big)

Of course by now you know that if you want to see it properly you need to click on the word ‘big’ under the picture. Now that’s a dog!

Yours as usual,

Rita the dog

Androgynous Acrobat

May 25, 2008

After Picasso’s friend Casagemas failed in love and committed suicide in 1901, Picasso, then 20 years old, struggled to come to terms with it. His ‘blue period’ of mostly melancholy bluish paintings began, and gradually gave way to the ‘rose period’, perhaps partly because of his meeting with Fernande Olivier, a married woman who was his first love and for a number years his mistress. That was in Barcelona around 1904, and it was shortly thereafter in 1905 that he painted “Boy with a Dog”, one of my favorite paintings and featured as the second image of my dad’s dog art post, here. In the same year he painted “Acrobat on a Ball” which is the next image:

Picasso--Acrobat with a Ball--1905

Picasso–Acrobat on a Ball–1905

Perhaps this version is a little faded. I don’t really know. There is a certain poignancy here –something between sad and happy, or maybe just slightly kinky–I’m not really sure. But I want to draw your attention to the ambiance, the background details. Look closely and you will see a young woman holding a baby to her shoulder and walking with a little girl. In the center in the distance is a white horse. My dad says that in art a disproportionate number of horses are white. I don’t know if he is right or not. After all, people believe lots of things they don’t know. Now look again near the woman with the little girl. That’s right, a dog! I’m happy there is a dog in this painting and I don’t know, but I believe it is the same dog that was in the other painting with the boy.

May your day be wonderful.

Rita the dog

Giacometti’s Tick

May 24, 2008

I mean my somewhat strange big brother, Giacometti, and not Alberto who might have had ticks and must have been at least a little strange if he thought his dog sculpture was a self-portrait. Giaco got this big, fat, round tick on his face just above his right eye. It was such a noteworthy tick that I thought the least I could do was share it with you. So here it is, fat, healthy, and happy feeding on Giaco:

Giaco's tick

Giacometti’s Tick (big)

My dad took that tick out and it was still healthy, head intact and all. Of course he tried to get photographs of it but he said it was a hard tick to photograph, I guess it moved too much or something. Anyway you will at least get the idea from this photo:

Tick at large

Tick at large (big)

Just in case your wondering what that surface is that he is on, it is one of my mom’s indexing books! I hope she will get over it. 🙂

Have a good day.

Rita the dog