Richard Phibbs is a world renowned fashion photographer that travels the world photographing models and celebrities for the likes of Vogue, Vanity Fair, and Entertainment Weekly.
When not traveling the world, Phibbs lives in New York. While there, he volunteers his services to the Humane Society of New York. He photographs rescue dogs that are in need of a forever home.
“My job requires me to travel a lot around the world and I’m overwhelmed by the amount of suffering that I see to animals around the world,” Phibbs told ABC News. “It makes me feel heavy-hearted, so as opposed to doing nothing, I found that volunteering my services to The Humane Society is a way that I could help.”
He’s been photographing the dogs for the Humane Society for four years now. In that time he has photographed over 350 dogs. The Humane Society then posts the pictures on their social media pages and they almost always go viral. That leads to most of the dogs he photographs being adopted.
Phibbs has taken his collection of dog portraits and published them in a book he is calling “Rescue Me”. He actually got the idea from a book publisher that adopted one of the dogs Phibbs photographed. He started asking the photographer about the work he was doing for the Humane Society, and the idea was born.
“This is a little book that I hope does big things,” said Phibbs, who is donating his proceeds of “Rescue Me” to The Humane Society of New York.
“The collection of photographs really speaks to the power of photography and photography has this power to speak the truth,” he said. “When you look at the group of them, you’re not enlightening people on the value of shelter dogs but ultimately enlightening them to the value of all living beings.”
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Images source: Richard Phibbs