Long before they became the intensely enjoyable fodder of internet memes, cats were the subject of choice for Walter Chandoha. A press and combat photographer during WWII, Chandoha stumbled into feline photography while enrolled at NYU during the mid-1940s. His first subject was Loco, a stray cat that would become his lifetime muse.
Chandoha soon rose to prolific heights as a commercial photographer in the 1950s, and has been described as “the Richard Avendon of cat photography.” A tight selection of the reported 90,000 images of cats Chandoha took over the course of his career are now published in a succinctly tilted new books, Cats: Photographs 1942–2018. It will be, for those who love these notoriously mercurial creatures, catnip. Have a look.
Header photo © 2019 Walter Chandoha