Far from a 'dog book' American Pitbull is a nonfiction pictorial narrative of a deep culture; American Pit Bull dogs and the human beings that live for them. Over a three-year period Marc Joseph traveled the United States photographing Pit Bull dogs, their owners, breeders and 'old time dog men,' at their homes and yards, and during events related to the breed. Joseph gained full access to this culture via the bonds formed with his subjects, and the fanatical, almost-religious devotion that Pit Bull people attribute to their breed is clearly portrayed in his pictures. Issues of identity are addressed through elements of image, race, pride, and background, while the photographs simultaneously serve to further an understanding of our perceptions of beauty, unconditional love, danger, and strength. Rich with metaphor, themes of family and shelter are prominent; throughout the series a cast of characters emerges, defining the context of the work.