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 was born in the Blue Mountains. He developed an interest in photography from an early age and by age 16 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 the Australian outback, and became one of Australia’s leading author-photographers. He has published four bestselling titles since then, and his work has received international recognition. David’s work appears in newspapers, magazines, books, calendars, cards and advertising posters both in Australia and internationally. His limited edition prints can be seen in his gallery in Katoomba and in private collections around the world.
About the Contributor
While still in his twenties, John Purcell opened a second-hand bookshop in Mosman, Sydney, in which he sat for ten years reading, ranting and writing. Since then he has written, under a pseudonym, a series of very successful novels, interviewed hundreds of writers about their work, appeared at writers’ festivals, on TV (most bizarrely in comedian Luke McGregor’s documentary Luke Warm Sex) and has been featured in prominent newspapers and magazines. Now, as the Director of Books at booktopia.com.au, Australia’s largest online bookseller, he supports Australian writing in all its forms. He lives in Sydney with his wife, two children, three dogs, five cats, unnumbered gold fish and his overlarge book collection.