Say woof! City dogs pose for street style photos

Elias Weiss Friedman

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By Amy Eley
Petey, a pit bull, is photographed by Elias Weiss Friedman, who is posting pictures of New York City dogs through Today

Some New York photographers make a career by snapping photos of fashionistas on the streets of the city, but Elias Weiss Friedman chose a different kind of model to put in front of his lens.

After noticing his animal photos were getting more attention than the other shots on his Instagram account, the Brooklyn photographer set out to snap more eye-catching pooches, like those seen running through Central Park or enjoying a nice stroll down Fifth Avenue.

Gaby, a Cavalier King Charles spaniel, assumes the identity of a lion while out in Tompkins Square Park. Today

Through his website, The Dogist, and its accompanying Instagram and Facebook accounts, he has published more than 250 photos of dogs since starting the project in October. 

Bella, an English Mastiff, poses for Friedman while out for a walk in SoHo. Today

"There’s something very humbling about the candidness of a dog’s face,” Friedman told “I think dogs inspire us to be more honest with ourselves.”

Bacon, a miniature pinscher, dresses for the elements in Central Park. Today

“When I hand owners my Dogist card, that often sparks a whole display of tricks and 'Look what he can do’s,' Friedman said. “It brings people great joy knowing someone thinks their dog is beautiful, and that the haircut and plaid dog coat they just spent money on wasn’t in vain.”

Super dog! Butch, a corgi, channels Superman while strolling Tompkins Square Park. Today

And his new routine has led him to add a few new tools to his kit: “I’ve learned to wear knee pads and carry a squeak toy,” he said.

Friedman photographed Pudding, a pit bull mix, in Tompkins Square Park. Today

The project took on even more meaning when he photographed Pudding, a rescue pit bull mix he met in Tompkins Square Park, who had been a victim of breeding abuse and had a scarred face. 

“The pose she struck was stoic and beautiful, like she wanted the world to see her,” Friedman said, who admitted he teared up when he posted the photo. “The project had suddenly become about more than dog pictures: My photos could tell a story about a dog’s life."

Max, a toy poodle, has shoes strapped on for a walk through Washington Square Park. Today

And while New York City offers plenty of material for his project, Friedman hopes to travel the world photographing dogs in action.

“I’d like to travel in search of dogs hunting, sledding, guiding, rescuing,” he said. “A goal of mine is to photograph the President’s dog, Bo, on the White House lawn. That would be something.”