Throughout history, dogs have played myriad roles—from comrades-in-arms to companions at our heels. We want to add muse to that list.
Four&Sons is both a print and online publication where dogs and culture collide. Chronicling the work of interesting people and their interesting dogs, Four&Sons is a guided tour through the worlds of art, photography, music, literature—even maths—as inspired by man’s best friend.
Thirty-five years ago (ok, ok, five years, in human terms) we set out to explore our relationship with dogs, not only as loyal friends and comrades at our heels, but also as creative muses—to champion the joy and offbeat energy that comes from being around and inspired by dogs. In our tenth issue, we pay tribute to the many friends we’ve made: the mercurial characters, the sweet-as-peanut-butter pups, the working dogs, the playful buddies, the street mutts with big hearts, and the hyperactive hounds with short legs. This issue sends a heartfelt thank you to all the photographers, artists, illustrators, and writers who trusted us, dived in, and brought us delight, grace, excitement, courage, wilderness, and wonder. Their work not only reflects the bonds we share with our animal companions, it also celebrates their spirit.
Winnie Au, Julia Christe, Klaus Dyba, Kamwei Fong, Michael Gillette, Jay Howell, Ken Kagami, Andrew Knapp, Menswear Dog, Faye Moorhouse, David Shrigley, Martin Usborne, Hellen van Meene, Barbara van Zijll de Jong, Bruce Weber, William Wegman and Benn Wood.