Sophie Gamand is a French-born artist living in New York, who’s dedicated her career to help unwanted shelter dogs find a home – with her camera.
Gamand first came to the States with her husband in 2010. After studying law and opera singing in Europe, she had to find a new career in a foreign country whose language she didn’t speak very well. She joined a photography course and was sent to photograph the street as one of her first assignment. ” I started taking photos of people in the street, and quickly noticed I was taking photos of dogs mostly”, she told Bklyner magazine.
Gamand started documenting dogs in animal hospitals as well as volunteering in shelters. Then in 2011 she joined the Sato Project, an animal rescue project in Puerto Rico. After two year of caring for the county’s stray dogs and documenting their lives, she decided to use her artistic talents to help dogs find new homes, She new the most unwanted dogs in the States were Pitbulls, and so Pitbull Flower Power was born.
Since then, Gamand has photographed hundreds of Pitbulls. She dresses them up in crowns of flowers and photographs them over a beautiful background to break the stigma and shoe the feared dogs’ softer side. Today she’s still photographing dogs and working to change the way we look at – and treat – these misunderstood dogs.