Beauty in the Abandoned

Photographer captures the soulful side of shelter dogs.

The portrait of Aja is unforgettable. Her missing eye and her luminous green one are almost closed, her ears pinned back, a serene look on her face. The black-and-white portrait of the red-nosed American Pit Bull Terrier possesses a hauntingly beautiful aura, sort of like a canine Mona Lisa.

Yet this is not a one-time-get-lucky Kodak moment. Photographs as rich as this are commonplace for Los Angeles-based dog photographer Frank Bruynbroek (pronounced BRIN-brook). He’s best known for capturing canine souls and personalities in dramatic black-and-white portraits too emotionally charged not to be called works of art.

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