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The Black Dogs Project

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An eye-opening photo series featuring the stunning photographs of the canine noir in shelters

The Black Dog Project is an eye-opening photo series featuring the stunning photographs of the canine noir.

A pair of yellow eyes in the darkness. Scary, menacing, unnerving , everything that these dogs are not.  It’s known as Black Dog Syndrome in animal shelters and dog rescues. A widespread problem across the world, it refers to the unfortunate phenomenon that black dogs are frequently the LAST dogs to be adopted and the FIRST dogs to be euthanized in rescue shelters.


Photographer Fred Levy couldn't believe it, and began talking with shelters all across the country. Not only does the phenomen exist, but he discovered it's an epidemic. Levy decided to turn his camera lens to black dogs. With affectionate personalities, floppy ears, fluffy tails, goofy grins, and sad-sap eyes, the 75 gorgeous photographs in The Black Dog Project are showing the world how beautiful these animals truly are.

The Black Dog Project is an eye-opening photo series featuring the stunning photographs of canine noir. These happy and loveable pups will make you smile, laugh, or even bring a tear to your eye. Help to combat Black Dog Syndrome worldwide by spreading awareness and attention to the problem.

A portion of all proceeds for The Black Dog Project will be donated to black dog rescue

Author bio:  Andrea D'Aquino has always resisted labels like art director, illustrator, graphic designer and finds herself happiest straddling the line between all those things. For several centuries, she was a senior art director for major advertising agencies.  As an illustrator and designer, clients include Anthropologie, The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveller, The Washington Post, Elle Magazine, One Kings Lane, Vegetarian Times, Family Fun, Chronicle Books, Uppercase, Flow Magazine, PlanSponsor Magazine, and many others.  Her work has been recognized by Society of Illustrators, American Illustration, Art Director's Club, Communication Arts, 3x3 Magazine, The One Club, and The Type Director's Club.

Publication Date: September 2015

Pages: 312

Format: Hard Cover