Jaka Babnik, We are dogs!, 2010 & 2012

First self published edition published 2010, Cover back and front

First self published edition published 2010, Cover back and front

 

 

This book records the usually hidden, and totally forbidden, practice of training dogs for fighting in the ring. Before being allowed access to this world Slovenian photographer and cinematographer Jaka Babnik was sworn to secrecy regarding names and places, and threatened quite clearly with the consequences of breaking this silence. The subject is sadly so universal that these images are not really concerned with a specific person or location. And as silent as he may remain himself, the images have a loud message. In fact We are dogs! is practically screaming at the viewer. Despite the obvious and overriding message, Jaka Babnik’s fine sense for subtle detail and perfect composition is not undiminished, and helps makes this small format book a great work of documentary photography.

Originally self-published in 2010, Babnik reworked and extended the book, releasing a trade edition in 2012.

Jaka Babnik’s website: jakababnik.com

Rostfrei Publishing: www.rostfreipublishing.com

 

Self-published in 2010 in an edition of 100 numbered copies

Introduction by Katja Praznik in Slovenian and English printed on transparent sheets montaged on the first two pages.

Hard cover

App. 21.8 x 21.7 cm

52 pages

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Jaka Babnik, We are dogs!, 2012

 

First trade edition published 2012, Cover back and front

First trade edition published 2012, Cover back and front

 

 

Published by Rostfrei Publishing in 2012 in an edition of 700 copies

Introduction by Katja Praznik in English

Hard cover

App. 21.5 x 20.6 cm

64 pages

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