A famous Muppet once said, "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it may be necessary from time to time to give a stupid or misinformed beholder a black eye." That prima-donna behavior might have been what cost Miss Piggy her slot in this stunning collection of pig portraits. The subjects that made the cut, however, are a sight to behold, making Beautiful Pigs a guaranteed crowd pleaser for pig aficionados — and a guaranteed conversation starter for the rest of us. Recommended By Tove H., Powells.com
Synopses & Reviews
This little piggy went to market, and this little piggy went to the catwalk ... And what wonderful models our porcine friends turned out to be! The result is this stunning collection of portraits of pigs strutting their stuff as only creatures weighing up to 500lb apiece can. Featuring commissioned studio photography of championship breeds styled to perfection prior to competition, the animals here just love to hog the limelight. The top breeds from around the world are represented - from the graceful Large Black to the aristocratic Tamworth and the much-travelled Kune-Kune - with graphic charts containing all the essential breed information. There's also a potted history of pigs, plus reportage photography oif the behind-the-scenes primping and preening at the agricultural shows, to capture the care that is lavished on the prizewinning pigs and the nail-biting judging process. This is a book to gladden the hearts of pig-lovers, be they city dwellers with a trotter in the country or country dwellers with a dozen trotters in the farm yard. Packed with visual and textual breed information, it is a unique gift book to make every reader feel, well, happy as a pig in muck...
Following in the hoof prints of "Beautiful Sheep," this collection of portraits of pigs strutting their stuff features commissioned photography of championship breeds, turned out in their best and dressed for competition. Full color.
About the Author
Andy Case is one of Britain s most well respected pig breeders, and has many years experience specializing in rare breed pigs such as the Kune Kune, Middle White, and Oxford Sandy and Black. He and his wife currently keep a 25-sow herd of Oxford Sandy and Blacks, and 7 Kune Kune sows in their farm in Dorset. Andy was also one of the first breeders to import rare Kune Kune pigs into the UK from New Zealand in 1996. Andrew Perris has tackled a wide range of challenging commissions during the 20 years he has worked as a photographer. Many have included animals, from snails on location to elephants in the studio, but pigs have to be the ultimate challenge so far because they simply do not stand still! That said, he has learned along the way and has met some fantastic characters (and pigs). His numerous corporate and advertising clients include Virgin, Sainsburys, Parker Pens, P&O Ferries, and Royal Bank of Scotland.