Peterborough’s Paramedic Paparazzo launches new book of perfect pictures of pooches
A popular Peterborough photographer has been working like a dog to put together his latest book.
Chris Porsz has become a well known face across the city, both as a paramedic and photographer, with two previous books selling scores of copies across Peterborough, and the rest of the country. From when his parents got him an Airedale terrier when he was a youngster to having his own children pestering him to get their own rescue dog, Chris - known as the Paramedic Paparazzo has always had a passion for pooches.
His photography has taken him across the world, and along with looking for special pictures of people, Chris has also always had a soft spot for capturing images of dogs while out on his travels. His latest book, Barking!, sees a collection of those images - from New York to Peterborough, put together in the same publication. Chris said: “In the early eighties I looked for characters who stood out from the crowd, such as the teds, punks and, by chance, a few dogs. I then packed up for 25 years, until I discovered the magic of digital photography. One surreal man-dog image taken by the photographer Elliot Erwitt in New York depicting a bulldog sat on its owner’s knee, inspired me to start looking for more funny dogs. As the great man said, “I don’t know of any other animals closer to us in qualities of heart, sentiment and loyalty.” Chris has published two other books showcasing images captured on his travels in recent years, Streets of Britain and Streets of Europe (which also features a dog on the cover). He also published ‘Reunions,’ which saw Chris recreate pictures he had taken decades ago, with the same people in the same location. Chris will be signing his new book, Barking, along with copies of his previous publications, in John Lewis next to their new restaurant on Friday, October 18 from 10.30am until 4.30pm, in support of their Breast Cancer Awareness Day. He will also be signing books at Peterborough City Hospital on Thursday October 24 and Friday October 25, with a donation made to the hospital’s oncology department. Peterborough Tourist Information Centre will also be hosting a book signing on Tuesday, October 29 between 9am and 5pm. For more information, or to order a book, visit www.chrisporsz.com/