Sophie Gamand is a French award-winning photographer and animal advocate living and working in New York. Since 2010, she has been focusing on dogs and our relationship with them. Gamand travels around the U.S. (and abroad) photographing shelter dogs and at-risk dogs for free, to help bring awareness to their fate, and help them get adopted. For Pit Bull Flower Power, Gamand has photographed 450 shelter pit bulls wearing handmade flower crowns. The portraits are shared on her popular social media accounts, where they often lead to adoptions. Pit Bull Flower Power has become one of the most powerful tools in today’s pit bull advocacy worldwide, changing the public’s perception and renewing the dialog around these misunderstood dogs, while saving countless lives. Talking about real-life savers and heroes – be sure to follow Sophie Gamand’s Instagram Page and visit her official website for more information about her dog focused projects.
For decades, pit bulls have been demonized by society and portrayed as hellhounds.
They’ve become the most feared, hated, and abused of all companion animals.
Some cities and even entire countries ban them, while the media persist in associating them with viciousness.
This unjust reputation has sealed the fate of millions of dogs, who face prejudice around the world, languish in shelters where they are the most euthanized.
In America alone, hundreds of thousands of pit bulls are euthanized every year.
Since 2014, Sophie Gamand has been taking photographs of adoptable pit bulls, for free, from all around the United States.
The portraits celebrate these dogs’ inherent personality, vulnerability, and individuality and have not only led to hundreds of dogs finding loving, forever homes but have spurred efforts to destigmatize an animal whose reputation for violence says more about us than the characters of the dogs themselves.
Many had been waiting for homes for years.
And some of Gamand’s models had waited up to 8 years before their portraits connected them with an adopter.
Sophie Gamand has won several prestigious photography awards for her work (including a Sony World Photography Award in 2014), as well as advocacy awards for her dedication to animal rescue and adoption.
Gamand’s work has been published in the press worldwide, online and in print (Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, Oprah Magazine, etc.)
Her first book, “Wet Dog”, came out in October 2015 and her second, “Pit Bull Flower Power”, in 2018, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign.