The Horse in the Gourd

In Japanese there is a saying hyōtan kara koma, ‘a horse appearing from a gourd’. It is used when something completely unexpected, even unbelievable, happens. It refers to the legend of Chokara sennin, an immortal being who owns a horse that when necessary, he can conjure up as if by …

Stay 916 Press

Stay, 120 pages € 35,- With texts ( English/Japanese) by Eric Himmel, editor in chief Abrams Books NYC and Stacey James Clarkson art director Harper’s Magazine NYC. You can order the book here or contact 916press In November 2014 I visited Nagano, on the Japanese island of Honshu, where the …

Reverie 2016

In 2005, Charlotte Dumas travelled to Norway and Sweden, New York and Colorado to create portraits of the majestic canines in her series Reverie. Despite her close proximity to the wolves in her photographs, Dumas reveals the vast distance between the world of humans and wolves as her photographs portray the …

Work Horse

In November 2014 Charlotte Dumas began photographing the eight native horse breeds of Japan. Once necessary for farming and transportation, most of these indigenous breeds have lost their practical purpose and have declined in number. Mostly confined to small islands, the horses have never been able to migrate, and their …

Companion

This small sized book collects 70 Polaroids made between 2002 and 2012 showing Dumas’ various subjects within their different environments and locations. Texts by Paul Roth, Michel Frizot, and Marieke Wiegel. The polaroids, taken from all angles and throughout the day, give a good impression of how Charlotte approaches and studies …

Anima

Anima features the caisson horses of Arlington National Cemetery in the United States. This is the national burial ground where U.S. service members are buried, and is located outside the country’s capital city of Washington, D.C. These animals are among the few left to perform a duty for mankind that dates …

Retrieved

RETRIEVED

On and after September 11, 2001, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) deployed close to a hundred search dogs along with their handlers—from a network of 26 active task forces from 18 different states—to both the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. In the aftermath of the attacks the dogs searched day and night for survivors, making sure no one would be stranded in the rubble, while rescue workers and firemen slowly made their way through the chaos and debris.

Heart Shaped Hole

Two years after completing a series of local racehorse portraits taken in Palermo in 2006, Dumas has returned to the city to capture the stray dogs of the city. The photographer’s painstaking approach and steady powers of observation have resulted in fourteen intimate portraits. Decaying classical motifs and everyday debris …

Day is Done

This first book by Dumas was published in 2005. A cinematic photograph of Rome’s horse-mounted troops in ceremonial dress at night graces the cover of this artist’s book. Inside, a series of photographs show the martial steeds in their stables, preparing for a nocturnal respite. 16 pages, 6 images full color, 24 …