Gentle Giants

A Book of Newfoundlands, 1994

Bulfinch Press

"Dogs are wiser than men. They do not set great store upon things. They do not waste their days hoarding property. They do not ruin their sleep worrying about how to keep the objects they have, and to obtain the objects they do not. There is nothing of value they have to bequeath except their love and their faith." -Eugene O'Neill One of the most expansive, thorough and beautiful explorations of the relationship between man and his best friend, "Gentle Giants" focuses almost entirely upon the Newfoundland breed and the owners, trainers and breeders who hold them dear. Bruce photographed these enormous dogs over the course of two years, at homes and kennels in Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Saskatchewan - even at the Colosseum, Villa Borghese gardens and Piazza Navona fountain in Rome. Interspersed with these photographs and interviews with the dogs' adoring owners are essays by Bruce Weber and texts by Eugene O'Neill, Carl Sandburg, Zane Grey, James Baldwin, C.Z. Guest, Will James, Joseph Conrad, Lord Byron and Patti Smith. "Gentle Giants" was designed by Dimitri Levas and was the companion volume to a short film and a traveling exhibition of the same name.