The medieval bestiary, or 'book of beasts' was a compendium of beasts and used the images as an allegorical teaching and a description of the world as it was known. Dominique Lauge, fascinated by this concept, decided to create through his photographic shots a contemporary bestiary able to revive shocking, almost unreal, and fantastic atmosphere of the old bestiaries. Animals, selected primarily for their shape, are portrayed in their zoo cages and fences, which become a part of the image of the animal.
Dominique Lauge was born in France and lived for many years in Italy. He collaborates with major international advertising agencies, before devoting to landscape photography. Selected solo exhibitions: Silences, Musee des Beaux Arts, Gaillac, France, Suds, Galerie Stella et Vega Brest, France (2008); Terre des homes The Seen Gallery Atlanta USA, Il cielo e la terra, Galleria 70, Milano (2007); L'occhio incantato, Galleria Venti Correnti, Milano (2006); Entre-Temps, Institut Francais de Valencia, Valencia (2006). During his career he received many prizes amongst which the Priz Mediastore for the IULM campaign (2005), the Kodak European Gold Award for Portrait Photography (1995 - 1996)