We Are Pitbulls is a coffee table book of the highest quality, with over two hundred exceptional photographs of pitbulls and their families set in a variety of beautiful landscapes that serve to visually recontextualize these dogs.
As author and photographer AnnaLisa Allegretti explains, We Are Pitbulls is "œabout differences, similarities, and assumptions. I started the project by asking people to bring their pitbulls and pit mixes to photo shoots. I didn't ask for breeding papers, I didn't specify purebred American Pit Bull Terriers, I left it up to owners to identify their dogs as pitbulls or mixes. Many of these dogs merely look the part closely enough that they can be labeled a "˜pit bull,' or, the term this project uses, the single word, non-capitalized "˜pitbull.'"
The result is a collection of dogs that are each unique in their appearance and personalities, but are united as good dogs, family dogs, therapy dogs, search-and-rescue dogs, and most importantly, happy dogs. They live with chickens, rabbits, horses, cats, other canines, babies, children, cancer patients, and humans with special needs. Their families are part of a growing movement of pitbull owners who advocate for education and understanding. These owners come from different walks of life but follow the same path toward liberating their dogs from the oppressive weight of societal misconceptions.