Sophie Gamand is a French award-winning photographer and animal advocate living and working in New York. Since 2010, she has been focusing on dogs and our relationship with them, particularly shelter dogs. By donating her time and (a little flower power) to animal shelters, Gamand has helped hundreds of dogs find a new home through her popular Instagram.
Traveling between fine art and documentary, Gamand’s work is mostly photography-based but her recent exhibits have included video, sculpture, installation, Virtual and Augmented Reality.
Gamand is the author of Wet Dog (New York City: Grand Central Publishing, 2015) and Pit Bull Flower Power (New York City: Lantern Books, 2018). She has received multiple awards for her work in photography and her advocacy including a Sony World Photography Award (2014) and has exhibited her work worldwide.
Pit Bull Flower Power
Annenberg Space for Photography
Pit Bull Flower Power questions the way humans have abused pit bulls while it aims at rebranding these misunderstood dogs and finding them homes.
Brooklyn Bridge Park – Emily Warren Roebling Plaza
Using the language of traditional portraiture and baroque esthetics, the Flower Power series aims to challenge the way society perceives and treats pit bulls by shortening the emotional distance between the viewer and these misunderstood dogs. The portraits celebrate the life and dignity of these soulful creatures who are at the mercy of humans.
Flower Power Dog Adoption
Some of Sophie Gamand’s models from the Flower Power exhibition are still available for adoption and will make special appearances throughout the weekend, from agencies including DAWS (Danbury Animal Welfare Society), Beastly Rescue, Animal Haven, Redemption Rescue, Mr Bones & Co and more!
Sophie Gamand: Wet Dog Portraits
Sophie Gamand will be discussing her portrait series about wet dogs, which recently won the Sony World Photography Award, her thought process behind it and how she actually shot these quirky portraits of our furry friends.