Look at That Face, by Peter Smith,
O The Oprah Magazine, June, 2004.
The author of two elegant photography books, Dog and Pup, Samuel says she has long been 'obsessed' with dogs,
particularly with their inner lives, whether they tend toward boldness, integrity, guilt, flightiness, belligerence, or even elan.
Portrait of a Pooch, by Cecily Ross,
The Globe and Mail, August, 2003.
When you first see her pictures, William Wegman’s Weimaraner portraits come to mind.
But elegant as Wegman’s are, they seem tongue-in-cheek beside Samuel’s work.
Dog Day Afternoon, by Connie Ogle,
Miami Herald, August, June 2003.
This is art for serious collectors…
Dogs As Art, by Christine Adkins,
Modern Dog, Winter, 2002.
Deborah Samuel is somebody with a profound sense of the grace to be found in the stillness of
dogs as well as the motion…Whether it’s a muzzle or a tail, teeth or nails, a glistening feathered
Irish Setter coat or the ridged back of a Ridgeback, or (always, always) the gaze,
these photos will continue to compel.
Call It Puppy Love, by Dawn Sumner,
British Journal of Photography,
Throughout her work Samuel consistently captures the spirit of her subjects in a style that she has made her own.
‘You have to have a lot of patience and an ability to isolate the moments that best define the nature of the breed,
but also the character of the particular dog. You need to be “in sync” to draw out these qualities, and it
requires you being in touch with your intuition.’
The Art of Deborah Samuel, by Lauren Carter,
Bark, Summer, 2002.
Her fascination with the characteristics of different breeds, her instinctual eye and her innate ability
to move with each animal into a moment of photographic clarity have never faltered.
Woof, by Herbert Keppler,
Popular Photography, June, 2002.
Just one glance at Deborah Samuel's pictures reveals that she has an unique inside dog track.
Even within each breed, each dog shows its own character.
And The Winner Is…, by Hilary Iriam-Kelley,
Flare, June, 2002.
Canadian photographer Deborah Samuel gives us two extraordinary photographic collections, Dog and Pup (Raincoast).
Her photos brilliantly impart the engaging spirit of each breed, allowing each to speak in its own distinct voice.
Applied Arts, May/June, 2002.
The resulting collection [dog] will melt the heart of even the most die-hard feline fanatic…
Art By Numbers, by Peter Goddard,
Toronto Star, April 13, 2002.
Samuel's own relation with dogs keeps getting better. Dog, her first book of pooch photography…has
had worldwide sales since being published last year. It is also short-listed for the third Roloff
Beny $60,000 Photographic Book Award, along with the likes of Yousuf Karsh and Geoffrey James.
Bark, Spring, 2002.
Dog (Chronicle Books) is a sumptuous large-size volume of stunning black and white photography
by Deborah Samuel. Each photograph captures the essence of each dog's special character…Samuel's
work is informed by an eloquent and elegant sensibility, as well as a profound respect for her subjects.
A Woman's Best Friend, by Jane Gottlieb,
PDN, February, 2002.
Dog holds its own against the best fine-art books…the 111-page, 49-breed black-and-white tribute to
Samuel's best friend is more akin to her personal work than to her stylized fashion photographs…
'Her printing is extraordinary,' says Andrew Wilkes, contributing editor at Aperture. 'She is in a
league of her own.'
Paws in Print, by Jason Stipp,
DogWorld, February, 2002.
Line, form, texture and light-these terms may seem more suited to a canvas than a canine, but Deborah
Samuel's photograph collection, simply titled Dog, accomplishes an elegant communion between art and arf.
Briefs, by Ellen Kanner,
DogFancy, February, 2002.
Chiefly a photography book, Dog combines artistry and affection. Samuel's love for dogs emanates from her images…
Essence of dog,
New Zealand Herald, January, 2002.
If you are not canine dependent this book will turn you into an instant addict. The brilliant pictures capture the character of each breed...
Camera's eye captures animals, people, nature, by Connie Ogle,
Miami Herald, December, 2002.
It's impossible not to smile at the cover of this delightful collection of duotone photographs…
This engaging vision invites you to explore further.
Dog & Kennel, December, 2001.
In elegant photo after elegant photo, each dog's special character, and the beautiful line formed by the body…is delivered in this book.
84 percent of pet owners consider their pets their children,
Glamour, November, 2001.
More puppy love: Do you keep photos of your pooch in your wallet? If so, you'll drool over the bashful boxers and gamboling
greyhounds in photographer Deborah Samuel's new book, dog.
A muzzle here, a paw there in book, by Connie Bloom,
The Beacon Journal, October 13, 2001.
A photograph stops me in my tracks. It is full of textures and sexy shapes…And so it goes, page after page of exquisitely
printed black-and-white photos…The images become symphonic, enveloping me in joie de vivre from man's best friend.
Deborah Samuel confronts the glitter and glam of LA with her own stark vision,
by Karl-Peter Gottschalk, Black & White Magazine (Australia), February, 1998.
'The only thing I ever hope to achieve in photography is the ability to do challenging work that communicates.'
Deborah Samuel: Venus Passage, by Gianni Romano, Zoom (Italy), 1994.
Much of her fashion photography would stand out in any gallery, while many of her art works have
appeared on the glossy pages of such magazines as Interview, Esquire, L.A.
Style, and G.Q.
Experimentation informs every aspect of her
Deborah Samuel, Kodak Studio Light, Issue 1, 1991.
Her subject matter may vary, but her vision is firmly focused. Deborah Samuel is a photographer skilled in
the bizarre and the beautiful.
Deborah Samuel: A Restless Spirit Who
Easily Crosses Creative Boundaries, by Peter Giffin,
Applied Arts Quarterly, Vol. 4, No. 3, Fall 1989.
Photographer Deborah Samuel is a blurb writer's nightmare. With a prodigious talent that allows her to wander
blithely, and successfully, all over the creative map, she defies easy categorization.