Dog grooming is all about the visual pleasure that stems from creating balance, symmetry, and freedom of movement. In Groomed one has the rare opportunity to admire the glorified result of this living art form.
Paul Nathan became enamored with the idea of capturing the most manicured and primped Poodles, Cockerspaniels, Bichon Frise's, Bedlington Terriers and more. He focused on the texture of the coat and the expression, photographing most of the dogs in this book at high profile grooming competitions and paying special attention to the aesthetic accomplishments of some of the world's top dog groomers. His portraits showcase beauty for beauty's sake, even in some of the more extreme photographs documenting the 'creative' category where the dog's hair or fur is manipulated into shapes or scenes and dyed different colors.
Paul Nathan was born in Auckland New Zealand. He has a degree in Art History and Art Theory from the University of Canterbury and has studied at Sotheby's in London and the International Centre for Photography (ICP) in New York. His editorial work has been published in books, magazines, and newspapers around the world. Nathan's previous titles include Generation Ink: Williamsburg, Brooklyn ISBN 9780985136802 and Couture Dogs of New York ISBN 9780985136819.