AMERICAN PITBULL (Steidl Publishers / 2003) is his first book. An exploration into the culture of Pit Bulldogs and their people, this series of photographs presents a personal view of the controversial world revolving around a uniquely American breed of dog and the human beings that live for them. Over a three-year period, Joseph traveled the United States photographing Pit Bull dogs, their owners, breeders and 'old time dog men,' at their homes and yards, and during various events related to the breed. The relationships formed with his subjects helped him gain full access to a culture known by few outside of this specific community. The fanatical, almost religious devotion that Pit Bull people attribute to their controversial breed is clearly portrayed in Joseph’s pictures.
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