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Pictures of the Week: August 10 – August 17

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From the earthquake in Iran and the killing of miners on strikeby police in South Africa to the end of Ramadan anda meteor shower over Macedonia, TIME presents the best images of the week.

Martin Usborne, Tea with five sugars

Martin Usborne, Tea with five sugars

Martin Usborne

Tea with five sugars,
Hoxton, London, 2008
From the Joseph of Hoxton series
Website – MartinUsborne.com

Martin Usborne lives and works in London. He trained in architecture, then philosophy, then psychology, then 3D animation before finally settling on photography. His current work consists of portraits, both human and animal, and he is particularly interested in capturing the relationship between the two whether directly (when both appear in the frame) or indirectly (as in the case of his MUTE: the silence of dogs in cars series, where the human's role is implied). He strives to make his work poignant but playful – he feels there is too much unremitting sadness in contemporary art photography. He has published two photography books, the first called I’ve Lived in Hoxton for 81.5 years about an old man that has only once left East London, and another, My name is Moose about what it is like to be a dog in the recession. His third book, The Silence of Dogs in Cars is due out in October.

Behind the Cover: Animal Friendships

To shoot this week’s TIME cover story about animal friendships — which you can read here — photographer Catherine Ledner called on years of experience of hanging out with cute critters, including her work on two books of animal photography, Animal House and Glamour Dogs. But this shoot offered something new, even for the animal pro. Most of Ledner’s work involves pictures of singular animals, while TIME’s portfolio features animal pairs. “I had to make sure that the dogs that were coming were actually friends,” she says.

With that criterion in place, Ledner found that shooting pairs of animals was no more difficult than shooting them one at a time. Like human models, the animals brought their own personalities to the set and Ledner was able to capture the interplay of those forces. Also like human models, the animals brought entourages (a.k.a. trainers) who kept the stars focused on the task at hand—and who conveniently stepped aside when Ledner wanted to let her subjects off the leash, so to speak.

But unlike human models, the animal managed to make the group shots look effortless. “If you’re shooting a group of people, you have an agenda of who you want looking in the lens and who you don’t,” Ledner says. “To get everyone to look good at one time is harder than it is, I think, when you have a bunch of animals.”

Which is not to say that the photographer’s sessions with her animal models were all fun and games. Ledner—who owns three dogs, two cats and four rabbits, but does not frequently photograph her own pets—says that animal photography requires putting cuddliness aside. While people may get relaxed and happy with background music and a festive mood, quiet is important to help a dog (or a bird or a rabbit, as the case may be) maintain his concentration. Luckily, almost all of the animals that participated in TIME’s cover shoot were seasoned professionals. One dog named Billy had sat for Ledner twice in the past. The only non-professional at the session was the rabbit, who was, in fact, a real friend of Billy’s. “The rabbit was so docile. It would let the dog put its head smack dab on top of it. There was just total trust between these animals,” says Ledner. And the photographer was hardly upset about shooting an amateur model: “The bunny’s only six weeks old—and how can you be a pro bunny?”

Catherine Ledner is an American photographer based in California and author of two books: Animal House and Glamour Dogs. See more here.

Read more in the magazine: The Science of Animal Friendships.

Franco Verdoia – Las Varillas de Frente

You probably know by now that I’m a sucker for pictures of houses. Naturally I love Franco Verdoia’s series, Las Varillas de Frente, which shows whimsical suburban homes in the city of Las Varillas in the Argentine province of Cordoba.

Franco Verdoia – Las Varillas de Frente

Franco Verdoia – Las Varillas de Frente

Franco Verdoia – Las Varillas de Frente

The photos above are from the website 13 Fotografos, which features work from, you guessed it, thirteen photographers in Argentina.

Also, here’s some previous posts with pictures of houses: Gabriel Diaz – Formas de Vida, Pablo Adarme – Cake Houses [Colombia], German Ruiz – Conurbano & Dogs, Sebastian Friedman – Segurisimos, Martin Rubini’s Enanos, and Marino Balbuena – Casas

Carli Davidson

You may have seen Carli Davidson’s wonderful series, Shake, about dogs in motion on a variety of blogs recently. A Portland photographer, she has a background in both commercial and documentary photography, as well as over 7 years experience as an animal trainer and caretaker. Her love of both art and animals led her to work as an animal care technician and photographer for the Oregon Zoo, as well as a volunteer photographer for local animal rescues. Her photography has been published in Portland Monthly, The Atlantic, The Village Voice, The Oregonian, The Portland Tribune, and numerous Zoo publications. She is also a regular photo contributor to Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish.

Shake might be the series that everyone sees, but don’t miss her other work that is incredibly heartfelt, including Pets with Diabilities and Animal Surgery. In fact, her entire website is worth exploring, especially for those who love animals.

Images from Shake