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Celebrity Fashion Photographer With A Big Heart Saves Lives

Richard Phibbs is an award winning documentary film maker and fashion photographer whose work has graced the pages of Vanity Fair, Vogue China, Harpers Bazaar Spain, and GQ Rusia.

His fine art photography is in the private collections of Ralph Lauren, Francis Ford Coppola and Bill Clinton. He has photographed Michael Fassbender, Jon Hamm, Naomi Watts and Meryl Streep to name a few.

But, there is more to this man than meets the eye. For four years, the Canadian photographer has been saving the lives of shelter animals, one picture at a time.

He has been working closely with the Humane Society of New York on the Upper East Side, photographing more than 360 shelter dogs, cats and other animals for free. It is a hit on Instagram, they call it #PhibbsFriday.

Phibbs tells the New York Post that he was craving to do something more than photography that sells clothes or a career. The 53-year-old photographer is a passionate animal rights advocate, "when I'm at the Humane Society, I use photography to speak the truth. When people look into the eyes of that animal, the essence of that being is there," he says.

He's recently published a book of puppy portraits featuring 63 adoptable dogs. "Rescue Me" is available now, and each picture comes with the stories of dogs' heart-wrenching past and their new lives in New York.

Check out some of his beautiful shots below:

Chelsea: The Pitbull-Labrador mix with injuries that suggest she was used as a bait dog for dog fighting. "When I went to photograph her, what was so inspiring about her was that of all the darkness she had seen, she was the most sweet, kind, loving thing ever," says Phibbs. Richard Phibbs, Aperture, 2016

Terry: Terry spent years living with an elderly owner who fed him takeout food and rarely brought him outside. After she died, Terry arrived at HSNY. Though he's still a shy guy, his new owners say that he loves to nestle between them in bed and is best friends with the couple's other dog, Monkey.Richard Phibbs, Aperture, 2016

Little Lowell: One of the worst cases of neglect HSNY has ever seen. "I had never been so determined to take a powerful picture of anything," says Phibbs. "I wanted to give him the dignity he deserves,"  says Phibbs.Richard Phibbs, Aperture, 2016

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