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"All knowledge, the totality of all questions and all answers, is contained in the dog.”
—Franz Kafka

Aperture Foundation is pleased to offer a limited-edition photograph by Daniel Naudé from work featured in Aperture magazine issue 207 (Summer 2012). While on a road trip through South Africa’s Karoo region in 2006, Naudé encountered a feral dog foaming at the mouth and wearing an intent gaze. This run-in motivated Naudé to begin his series of photographs of the Africanis, wild dogs thought to have migrated from Egypt and now inhabiting the South African countryside. Although in Naudé’s images the dogs appear to sit politely and patiently for their portraits, photographing these lithe, skittish animals is not an easy task. The Africanis project is the first of three series by Naudé to examine the complicated relationship between humans and fauna, and the symbolic roles that animals often play in our world. 


Daniel Naudé (b. 1984, South Africa) received his BA from the University of Stellenbosch in 2007. His work was featured in 2011 in Peekaboo—Current South Africa at the Tennis Palace Art Museum in Helsinki, and in Fotografia contemporanea da Medio Oriente e Africa at the Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Modena, Italy. He is represented by the Stevenson Gallery in South Africa and lives in Cape Town.

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