BOOKS - Alice van Kempen



A dog's life of urban exploration

Furbex: A Dog’s Life of Urban Exploration is a dazzling photographic record of Claire’s adventures among the abandoned spaces of Europe. It captures her ghostly presence in ruined hotels and grand houses; crumbling castles and palaces; broken down factories and prisons, forgotten theatres and cinemas. All have fallen into disrepair; most still display the faded trappings and trampled luxuries of their glorious or inglorious pasts; and many have been spectacularly reclaimed by nature. Fascinated by shadows and light, past and present, and the mysterious, dark worlds of abandoned places, Alice van Kempen uses thrift shop props and long exposures to create photographs with the air of Old Master paintings; while Claire’s tragi-comic presence imbues every image with the pathos and comedy of a silent movie. In Furbex, they not only present the finest of their unique photographic portfolio, but also recount the tales and raise the ghosts of the lost worlds they have discovered. The result is a haunting and hilarious giftbook of unique photographs, which will appeal to urban explorers, dog lovers (most particularly the cult following of the bull terrier breed), and all lovers of the Gothic, the mysterious and the absurd.


Author / Photographer - Alice Van Kempen - Publisher - Painted Wolves Publishing A simply stunning work of photographs capturing the total joy and exuberance of being a bull terrier! Amazing colours, astounding action and precision photography show all the humour and enthusiasm for life of this breed to the full!

“Looking at Alice’s photographs for this book my immediate response is “Wow!” And this is not just for one picture but for every single one!” Sally Ann Thompson

There are still copies available of this limited edition book


A unique Dutch manual about the Bull Terrier. Bull Terrier lover and canine photographer Alice van Kempen wrote this unique book about Bull Terriers in the Netherlands. A book with more than 400 photographs, some of which have never been published before. In addition to subjects such as development of the Bull Terriers, the history of the breed in the Netherlands, color inheritance, character and movement, the book contains a photographed breed standard. Here all virtues and faults are illustrated by means of photos. The champion parade contains photos, data and a three generation pedigree of each Bull Terrier who won the title Dutch Champion. Very special is the chapter about the life of HKF Cohen written by Th. Steins. The book contains 256 pages and it is bound in a hard cover. The book was published in 2005 by Painted Wolves Publishing, the book is no longer available.

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