Mainstream media coverage of bulldogs and the people involved with them is commonly negative and oversimplified so as to focus on dog related violence on humans, and other criminal activity. Public opinion has been uniformly shaped by this portrayal. The American Bull is a photographic exploration into the culture of bulldogs and their people, presenting an alternative view of the controversial world revolving around these gladiator breeds and the people that live for them. Over a two-year period photographer David Perez traveled California photographing bulldogs, their owners, breeders at their homes and yards, and during various events related to bulldogs. Perez's photographs simultaneously serve to further an understanding of our perceptions of unconditional love, beauty and strength.