Senior Animals Celebrated

Isa Leshko’s Elderly Animals project is a stark and poignant contrast to the impersonal reality of contemporary agricultural operations. This photographic series is composed of achingly beautiful black-and-white images of animals living out their final days in sanctuaries around the United States. In North America, we tend to assign categories to the animals we share the planet with – some are pets, some are pests, and many more are food. However, in Leshko’s work, photographs of aging sheep, roosters, turkeys, pigs, goats, ducks, and geese are presented alongside portraits of elderly horses and dogs. In this series, there is no distinction made along species lines – all are depicted with dignity and compassion.

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