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Puppies Behind Bars

Puppies Behind Bars

Training Puppies to Change Lives

By (author) Christopher Makos
By (author) Paul Solberg


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  • A unique look at the dogs, trainers, and dog recipients whose lives have been changed by a program where 8 week old puppies are companioned with prison inmates and trained there by them for 18 months, until they are released as service or aid dogs for individuals and governments
  • Includes 150 original and compelling photographs by renowned photographers Christopher Makos and Paul Solberg and an introduction and narrative by Gloria Gilbert Stoga, the organisation's creator
  • With moving images, this book serves as a testament to the many lives that have been positively affected by Puppies Behind Bars
Full Description
From the moments these puppies and inmates bond, to one trained puppy's first-class flight to his new home and life in rural Texas, Makos and Solberg capture the moments these extraordinary dogs and their dedicated trainers share as they each work hard to give to those in need. With the photographer's unprecedented access to both a correctional facility for men as well as a correctional facility for women taking part in the program, Puppies Behind Bars is much more than an appealing look at these courageous canines, it is the wide-ranging story of these dogs' journeys and their extensive impact on society. Puppies Behind Bars is also a unique look at the dogs, inmate trainers, and dog recipients whose lives have been changed by this groundbreaking program. The experience is a win-win-win for all involved - the dogs are loved, nurtured, trained and given structure 24/7; the convicted felon has the opportunity to contribute to society and in return receives and gives love, which may be a life-changing experience for him or her; and ultimately, the recipient and community benefit when the trained dog lands in his new home as a life-long companion.
About the Author
Christopher Makos is a world-renowned photographer known for his work in portraiture. Born in Lowell, Massachusetts, he grew up in California before moving to Paris to study architecture, and later to work as an apprentice to Man Ray. During the 1980's, Makos was a seminal figure in the New York art scene, where he was responsible for introducing the work of both Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring to Andy Warhol. His photographs have been the subject of numerous exhibitions both in galleries and museums, with works shown at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and New York's Whitney Museum. Makos' images have appeared in countless magazines and newspapers worldwide including Interview, Rolling Stone, House and Garden, New York Magazine, Esquire, Genre and People. He is the author of several important photography books published by Glitterati Incorporated. Paul Solberg previously worked in the world of finance and in the advertising department of Jaguar America. He is also an independent filmmaker, who worked with Stephen Kinsella on the American indie classic, Double Parked (2002). He has also published Bloom ( (c)Glitterati 2005). He lives in New York City.
5th Feb 2019
261 mm x 220 mm
144 Pages
100 color, b&w
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