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Local Mutts Rule In New Book

12:00AM / Thursday, March 15, 2007

Photographer Amanda Jones [Photo courtesy of Amanda Jones]
North Adams - On March 20, nationally acclaimed pet photographer Amanda Jones will release her fourth book of photographs, "A Breed Apart: A Celebration of the New American Mutt," published by Clarkson Potter/Publishers, an imprint of Random House.

A Borkie, A Spanden, A Spanieletter

The collection of black-and-white photographs features 11 eclectic canines from Berkshire County, including Savannah, a Spanieletter (Spaniel and Setter) from Adams, Daphne, a Spanden (Spaniel and Golden Retreiver) from Williamstown and Muffin, a Borkie (Bichon and Yorkshire Terrier) from Pittsfield.

Though most don’t even have official names, mutts are rapidly becoming America’s most popular type of dog. After photographing the Piggie (Pug and Italian Greyhound) and the Doxador (Dachshund and Labrador Retriever) among others, Jones decided she must document this phenomenon. Her new book of photography, A Breed Apart: A Celebration of the New American Mutt, captures her experiences working with some of the most exceptional and charming dog breeds in the country.

No More Second Fiddle

“If every dog has its day, let’s hope that it’s the mutt’s turn now. Even though all dogs originally came from mixed-breed stock eons ago, mutts have played second fiddle to their more high-bred brethren for too long now!” said Claudia Kawczynska, cofounder and editor of The Bark magazine.

“The idiosyncratic charms of the dogs in this book speak volumes for the love they share with their humans. Plus, who doesn’t root for an underdog?” she added.

The collection strays from common designer mutts and instead features rare mixes. Each spread includes the unofficial mixed-breed name with the actual breed names of its parentage printed upside-down, allowing readers to guess the origins of each delightful dog.

The book is available for $18 online at www.amandajones.com or in the Berkshires at Water Street Books in Williamstown. The official publication date is March 20, 2007

Jones is a regular contributor to The Bark magazine. Her work has appeared in the New York Times Sunday Style section and Good Morning America as well as Inside Edition. She has emerged as arguably the most recognizable, unique and popular dog photographer shooting today, with a modern, elegant and unfettered style. She travels extensively and has been producing elegant portraits of dogs for more than ten years. Amanda lives in the Berkshires with her family and their dog.

The Amanda Jones photography studio is on the campus of MASS MoCA in North Adams.

For additional information, call 413-664-7444 or 877-251-2390, or visit www.amandajones.com.
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