Author(s): David Darcy
Australian Mongrel is a photographic exploration of Australia's relationship with this beloved icon. Renowned photographer David Darcy explores the lives of a diverse range of dogs from the land down under, from working dogs to suburban canines, Aboriginal camp dogs to the ordinary Aussie mongrel. Accompanying the dogs is a cross-section of people who share their lives with man's best friend, and the many stories and yarns that go with them. Featuring ordinary working folk, mums and dads, indigenous people and countless other characters, their narratives are often funny, sometimes heroic, frequently heartfelt and moving, but always worth telling. Australian Mongrel is also a showcase of the Australian landscape. Dogs play the lead role, but it is the combination of canine personality, the relationship between location, human and animal, that allows a true connection with these distinctive, nostalgic and honest portraits.
David Darcy is one of Australia's leading author-photographers and has been capturing environmental portraits of dogs for over a decade. David developed an interest in photography from an early age and by sixteen had won the NSW Junior Top Shot Award. In 1999 he combined his talent for photography and his passion for dogs with a desire to travel, and began capturing unique and iconic images of Australian dogs. David is the best-selling author-photographer of Mongrel Country, Outback Mongrels, A Little Help for our Friends and Little Mongrels. He has worked on numerous photographic assignments, both nationally and internationally; from private sittings, commercial work and movie sets to animal welfare campaigns. David is a keen supporter of Vets Beyond Borders and the RSPCA, and he is an Ambassador for Bayer Animal Health Australia. Together with his beloved dogs, David has featured on national and international television. His limited edition photographs appear in private collections around the world.