This photographer captures the 'beauty of dogs'

Dogs Get Prepped for 140th Westminster Dog Show
Dogs Get Prepped for 140th Westminster Dog Show

The Westminster Kennel Club dog show is a time for abandoning all other activities and looking at endless photos of pups. One photographer, Elias Weis Friedman (or @thedogist), has made it so much easier with his photo documentary series "about the beauty of dogs."

His series captures photos of dogs just as they are, full head-tilt, snoot in the lens, tongue lapping at the air — just being dogs. Friedman even has a book, The Dogist: Photographic Encounters with 1,000 Dogs, which is just pages and pages of dog portraits. Talk about a comfort read.

See more photos from the Westminster Kennel Club dog show

This week, Friedman is at the Westminster show, taking some personal portraits of pooches at what is basically doggie fashion week. In a world where you're told to model, pose, and dress to impress judges, it's always a little freeing to just stick your tongue out and let the camera snap.

Perfect paws.

Last-minute lash check.



Being coddled like a puppy helps with pre-show jitters.

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