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A Dog’s Life of Urban Exploration


160 Pages, 9.5 x 7

Formats: Cloth

Cloth, $17.95 (US $17.95) (CA $23.95)

Publication Date: May 2019

ISBN 9781781453322

Rights: US & CA

Ammonite Press (May 2019)

Price: $17.95


Both haunting and hilarious, a collection of photographs exploring urban ruins, made special by the presence of Claire, bull terrier

Claire is not your everyday practitioner of "urbex," the modern underground passion for "urban exploration" that lures 21st-century adventurers into the hidden labyrinths and decaying chambers of disused buildings and urban spaces. Claire is, you see, a bull terrier. And with her photographer companion, Alice Van Kempen, she has created the canine expression of the art . . . "furbex." Furbex is a dazzling photographic record of Claire's adventures among the abandoned spaces of Europe. It captures her ghostly presence in ruined hotels and grand houses; crumbling castles and palaces; forgotten theaters and cinemas. Fascinated by shadows and light, past and present, and the mysterious, dark worlds of abandoned places, Alice van Kempen uses thrift shop props and long exposures to create photographs with the air of Old Master paintings; while Claire's tragi-comic presence imbues every image with the pathos and comedy of a silent movie. The result is a haunting and hilarious gift book of unique photographs, which will appeal to urban explorers, dog lovers (most particularly the cult following of the bull terrier breed), and all lovers of the Gothic, the mysterious and the absurd.

Author Biography

Alice van Kempen has been photographing dogs around the world for over 25 years. Her and Claire's "furbex" Instagram has 21,000 followers. Their many awards include first prize in the pets category of the International Photography Awards; and the Reader's Choice Award in the Smithsonian Photo Contest for "The Orient Express," an image of Claire in an abandoned train.