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From Publishers Weekly
In this large, abundantly illustrated volume, Joseph attempts to document the American Pitbull Terrier as owned throughout the country. What emerges, however, is a single-sided, often stereotypical view of the pitbull owners themselves—a portrait that is nevertheless evocatively captured. The opening two-page spread shows a close up of a young man from Liberty, Tex., proudly baring his gold teeth and his pitbull ring; an American flag hangs above him. Subsequent photos show pitbulls tied up in back yards or being held by their tattooed owners (men and women; black, white and Latino). Joseph offers a glimpse into an East Village apartment in New York City, then turns his attention to a hangar where pitbull brick-pulling competitions are held. Only in Frey’s essay, which narrates the author’s search for a pitbull pup, does the stereotypical view of pitbulls as ferocious and strong begin to be challenged.
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One of the most beloved dogs of the 20th century, the American Pit Bull Terrier has in recent times become one of the most maligned and misunderstood. Marc Joseph’s photographic exploration into the culture of Pit Bulls dogs and their people presents an alternative view of the controversial world revolving around this uniquely American breed of dog, and the human beings who live for them. Granted unprecedented access to homes, yards, events, and celebrated figures (including hip-hop recording artists such as Big Boi from Outkast, and DJ Muggs of Cypress Hill), Joseph reveals this culture through captivating photographs taken across the United States.
Interviews by Cory Reynolds range from Pit Bull elder statesmen Louis B. Colby, and Floyd Boudreaux, to hip-hop’s Joaquin Dean, founder of Ruff Ryder Records. With an historically enlightening and personally sensitive essay from bestselling author James Frey (A Million Little Pieces Nan A. Talese / Doubleday).