After moving to New York City in 2010, the French photographer Sophie Gamand has made her living taking pictures of dogs—not a bad strategy in the internet era. Strays, purse-sized pups draped in jewels, Hairless Mexican dogs, flower-bedecked pit bulls, shelter dogs, and, yes, wet ones. It’s been two years since Gamand found a viral audience for her portraits of canines pulled straight from the bath, eyes full of reproach, water streaming from whiskers.
The wet dog series won her a Sony World Photography Award in 2014 and a book deal from Grand Central Publishing. Wet Dog, out October 13, is gloriously uncomplicated: It consists of 144 pages of scruffy, soaked canines and sentimental commentary on the bond between the dogs and their owners. “Elevating dog photography to the status of art,” Gamand’s website boasts, “these expressive portraits of our canine friends mirror our very own human emotions.” You know, like the frustration of getting shampoo in your eye. Or the indignity of shower caps.