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If animals occupy an important place in photojournalism, much the same can be said for artistic photography. Discover our selection of animal photos, which demonstrates that animal subjects, whether perceived as companions of man or independent entities, have as much to offer photographers as portraits of men and women.
We readily admit cats have been a source of inspiration for some of the greatest photographers such as Robert Doisneau, who photographed them in the streets of Paris. However, wild animals are more commonly the main subject of most animal wildlife photography.
David Doubillet, Nick Brandt, Suzi Eszterhas, Bence Maté, Andy Rouse et Jim Brandenburg have all photographed the wild, highlighting the relationship between humans and animals, and even the mistreatment of certain animals, particularly through the work of Peter Cairns.
From black and white animal photography to colour, the exquisite sublimation of their photographs challenges reality and takes us on a journey, making us more aware of the ephemeral beauty of wildlife. The different perspectives of each of these photographers invite us to reflect on the animal condition and how it sits with the different spheres of today's society.
Animal photography is far from being simple and straightforward. Animals were first represented in Art as a Man's companions or as symbols. This is why, more often than not, animals are very discreet in photos.
With photo reports and magazines such as The National Geographic, the animal has become the central subject of many photographers who are committed to exposing the extreme conditions experienced by certain species, due in large part to human activities. This job requires dedication and unwavering patience. Photographers sometimes have to wait hours, in very trying weather conditions, for the animal to emerge from its hiding place to get the perfect shot.
The caricature genre and animals have always had an interesting relationship. The caricature genre is now used in photography thanks to digital tools that make photo editing possible. For example, the contemporary photographer Yago Partal has crafted a series of animal portraits wearing human clothing.