INFORMATION: EXHIBITIONS: BARK
The San Francisco Airports Commission
by Ann Giordano
No animal has a longer history of a domestic relationship with humans than the dog. Evidence discovered in the Middle East indicates that they were tamed and trained dating from at least 11,000 BC. Dogs are known to have accompanied and helped the earliest settlers of North America over ten thousand years ago. BARK, the book on exhibition, is an extension of this special relationship. It is a personal visual study, an observation of their interactive nature and a tribute to the fine qualities of our oldest friends.
Anything goes with the dogs, yet their ability to express pure emotion without disguise or pretense never sways. It's that energy, loyalty and exchange that I love, that I look for in humans. Inspired by the behavioral similarities between people and dogs, and my fascination and need to understand their modest and simple life, I have chosen to photograph them.
The San Francisco Airports Commission initiated the Exhibitions Program in 1980. Exhibitions are organized in the three Airport terminals by the Airport Bureau of Exhibitions and Cultural Education. Technical support is provided by the Corporation of The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.