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By Annabel Fenwick Elliot For Dailymail.com

Published: 13:01 EST, 17 March 2015 | Updated: 13:14 EST, 17 March 2015

Famed pet photographer Sophie Gamand has unveiled her latest project, this time throwing hairless dog breeds into a different and more flattering light than we are used to.

French-born Ms Gamand, who is based in New York, explains on her website: 'With this series, I wanted to explore the unique beauty of hairless dogs who are often mocked or called "ugly". I wanted to pierce the mystery surrounding them.'

The enchanting series, dubbed Prophecy, focuses chiefly on two major hairless breeds, and their mixed variations: the Chinese Crested and the Xoloitzcuintli, also known as the Mexican hairless dog, both of whom are very different in temperament. 

Say cheese! Famed pet photographer Sophie Gamand has unveiled her latest project, this time throwing hairless dog breeds into a different, and more flattering light, than we are used to. Pictured, Zuko, a Chinese Crested

Say cheese! Famed pet photographer Sophie Gamand has unveiled her latest project, this time throwing hairless dog breeds into a different, and more flattering light, than we are used to. Pictured, Zuko, a Chinese Crested

Ms Gamand, who describes herself as an animal activist, contacted both breeders and rescue organizations specializing in hairless dogs, commenting that before she shot the almost-bald creatures: 'I had never even touched their skin.'

The photographer soon realized, she says, that theirs is an 'old wise man' kind of beauty.

While Xoloitzcuintlis, known as Xolos for short, are one of the oldest and rarest dog breeds in the world, Chinese Crested have been bred and genetically manipulated by humans over centuries to look like they do.

Unique: French-born Ms Gamand, who is based in New York, explains on her website that she ‘wanted to explore the unique beauty of hairless dogs who are often mocked or called "ugly"'. Pictured, Isis, a Chinese Crested 

Unique: French-born Ms Gamand, who is based in New York, explains on her website that she ‘wanted to explore the unique beauty of hairless dogs who are often mocked or called "ugly"'. Pictured, Isis, a Chinese Crested 

Long history: Xoloitzcuintlis, known as Xolos for short, are one of the oldest and rarest dog breeds in the world. Pictured, Rebel, a Xolo

Long history: Xoloitzcuintlis, known as Xolos for short, are one of the oldest and rarest dog breeds in the world. Pictured, Rebel, a Xolo

Zany: Chinese Crested, on the other hand, have been bred and genetically manipulated by humans over centuries to look like they do. Pictured, Hamster, a Chinese Crested

Zany: Chinese Crested, on the other hand, have been bred and genetically manipulated by humans over centuries to look like they do. Pictured, Hamster, a Chinese Crested

Bat-like: 'I wanted to pierce the mystery surrounding them,' said Ms Gamand of the unusual breeds. Pictured, Darla, a Xolo and Chihuahua mix

Bat-like: 'I wanted to pierce the mystery surrounding them,' said Ms Gamand of the unusual breeds. Pictured, Darla, a Xolo and Chihuahua mix

'Chinese Crested often seem more subdued and shy, skittish even, possibly reflecting their longtime ties with humans,' Ms Gamand explains.

'Xolos, who are considered a primitive breed and highly connected to their natural instincts, are strongly independent, prey-driven dogs with very affirmed personalities.'

Both temperaments made photographing them up-close very difficult.

'Putting a camera in a dog's face is not an easy task; putting it in front of a Xolo's face is nearly impossible,' she told Slate.

'They were the hardest shoots I’ve done in my life.'

Doleful eyes: The photographer, who describes herself as an animal activist, contacted both breeders and rescue organizations specializing in hairless dogs. Pictured, Schuester, a Xolo and Hound mix

Doleful eyes: The photographer, who describes herself as an animal activist, contacted both breeders and rescue organizations specializing in hairless dogs. Pictured, Schuester, a Xolo and Hound mix

Spirited: The photographer soon realized, she says, that theirs is an 'old wise man' kind of beauty. Pictured, Panda, a Chinese Crested

Spirited: The photographer soon realized, she says, that theirs is an 'old wise man' kind of beauty. Pictured, Panda, a Chinese Crested

First time for everything: Ms Gamand notes that before she shot the almost-bald creatures, 'I had never even touched their skin'. Pictured, Godfrey, a Xolo mix

First time for everything: Ms Gamand notes that before she shot the almost-bald creatures, 'I had never even touched their skin'. Pictured, Godfrey, a Xolo mix

Tough: 'Putting a camera in a dog's face is not an easy task; putting it in front of a Xolo's face is nearly impossible,' Ms Gamand admits.' They were the hardest shoots I’ve done in my life'

Tough: 'Putting a camera in a dog's face is not an easy task; putting it in front of a Xolo's face is nearly impossible,' Ms Gamand admits.' They were the hardest shoots I’ve done in my life'

Human intervention: 'In a way, dogs are the first example – and most striking one – of Man acting like a god towards Nature,' she concludes

Human intervention: 'In a way, dogs are the first example – and most striking one – of Man acting like a god towards Nature,' she concludes

Putting her latest series in context with the rest of her work, which was been trained exclusively on dogs since 2010, Ms Gamand states: 'At the center of my photographic exploration is the idea that dogs have been engineered by men.

'Whether it is to perform tasks for us or simply for companionship, humans have subdued an entire specie for their own needs, alleviating their deep sense of solitude.'

She concludes: 'In a way, dogs are the first example – and most striking one – of Man acting like a god towards Nature.'

 

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