Singaporean photographer Ernest Goh’s photographs of Malaysian fighting cocks reveal some very human characteristics in birds bred for battle and bravado

Singaporean photographer Ernest Goh’s photographs of Malaysian fighting cocks reveal some very human characteristics in birds bred for battle and bravado

The series – entitled Cocks and soon to be exhibitted at the Pobeda gallery in Moscow – features a special breed of chicken known as Ayam Seramas. These birds are often used in cockfighting clubs in Malaysian villages. Stance, temperament and physical assets such as wings, tails and comb all play a part in winning these contests, apparently. Goh’s photographs depict the birds in their puffed-up pomp, like so many dance floor lotharios.


Others opt for a more menacing mien


While some take on more of a defeated air


The images are part of a wider project called The Animal Book. See more of Goh’s work here. Ernest Goh: COCKS is at the POBEDA gallery, Moscow, from December 15 to January 13




In our December issue we look at why carpets are the latest medium of choice for designers and illustrators. Plus, Does it matter if design projects are presented using fake images created using LiveSurface and the like? Mark Sinclair looks in to the issue of mocking-up. We have an extract from Craig Ward’s upcoming book Popular Lies About Graphic Design and ask why advertising has been so poor at preserving its past. Illustrators’ agents share their tips for getting seen and we interview maverick director Tony Kaye by means of his unique way with email. In Crit, Guardian economics leader writer Aditya Chakrabortty review’s Kalle Lasn’s Meme Wars and Gordon Comstock pities brands’ long-suffering social media managers. In a new column on art direction, Paul Belford deconstructs a Levi’s ad that was so wrong it was very right, plus, in his brand identity column, Michael Evamy looks at the work of Barcelona-based Mario Eskenazi. And Daniel Benneworth-Gray tackles every freelancer’s dilemma – getting work.

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