Every great face deserves a great picture, even if you’re a dog. It’s the philosophy of Los Angeles based photographer Frank Bruynbroek (pronounced brin-brook) who has photographed hundreds of homeless and rescued dogs. His portraits are often haunting, some funny, while others simple tell a story of a creature who has no voice. Bruynbroek is their voice. Check out his pics
Years ago, the French born photographer was inspired to begin writing a book based around the importance of rescuing animals. He tells me, “The need to contribute more and more became very present for him.” The book, which is still a work in progress includes many interviews with noted celebrities, politicians and musicians. Nothing new there, but what’s so unique about the interviews is they all revolve around dogs, and how they have affected their owners. No celebrity pictures here, just the dogs.
Before he was known as the Dog Whisperer, Cesar Millan agreed to write the foreword for Bruynbroek’s book. The rest is history. The two men began a working relationship, and now have teamed up for another important project to benefit homeless dogs. The 2010 calendar features 14 months of Bruynbroek’s incredible photographs.
The dogs, several who are owned by actors like Diane Keaton (Red) and Josh Duhamel (Meatloaf) are showcased in an effort to bring attention to the undeniable fact that homeless dogs, and those from the city shelters are amazing. With a flip of each month, you see a dog who might have died a shameless and early death if it weren’t for many kind and wise people who chose to adopt rather than buy.
Bruynbroek tells me the 2010 calendar is a “proud result of a true and passionate collaboration.” Meanwhile, I couldn’t be more excited to know that my dog Monkey who I rescued through Best Friends via the South LA shelter is Mr. November. To read more about the calendar:
Every calendar is a gift, and all proceeds from calendar sales benefit Millan’s Foundation.
For more information on adopting a local animal from the city shelters, Click here