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A Day in the Life of 'The Dogist,' Pet Photographer Extraordinaire

Meet Elias Weiss Friedman aka “The Dogist." Roaming the streets of New York, this pet photographer finds happiness in capturing the personalities of the canines in his city. It turns out he's not the only one who loves dog portraits—his Instagram account, @thedogist, has millions of followers around the world. In this short documentary from filmmaker E.J. McLeavey-Fisher, join Friedman on his quest to capture the perfect shot as he asks, "May I take a photo of your dog?"

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