Samuel Price's Incredible, Eco-Friendly Dog Art

Over the years, a San Francisco artist has saved 650 trees by transforming old magazines into colorful canine collages

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We love dogs. From Tim Flach's extraordinary dog portraits to the great mystery of how to photograph a black dog, we have a particularly soft spot for unusual ways to capture (wo)man's best friend. That's exactly what San Francisco collage artist Samuel Price does in his stunning dog portrait collages made of hand-cut photographs from recycled magazines.

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And while the whole eco-art card may have been played and played again over the past few years, it's worth noting that a single ton of glossy virgin paper, like that used for magazines like National Geographic, requires 15 trees to make about 1,100 magazines. Sam collages about 20 recycled magazines every day, or 48,000 over the 10 years he's been making his stunning collages—that's 650 trees saved over the course of his creative career.

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" I study the image and focus on the details and subtle nuances of the mouth and eyes that make every animal unique. The relationship between the owners and their pet is special and I look forward to mirroring that affection in my work." —Sam Price

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For the dog lover in your life, Sam's work can be commissioned for custom collages.


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Images: Samuel Price

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Maria Popova is the editor of Brain Pickings. She writes for Wired UK and GOOD, and is an MIT Futures of Entertainment Fellow.

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