Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer
Within the genre of commercial animal photography, Walter Chandoha is a master. His photographs of cats in particular have appeared in the pages of National Geographic and Life magazine, as well as been absorbed into the public subconscious via posters, pet-food packaging,T-shirts, and other uses.
The Internet is awash with cat pictures, and Chandoha’s cat pictures might be seen as the forefather of them all. They bear examination not only for their singular charm, but also for having established a vocabulary of the animal studio portrait with Chandoha’s signature look: clean, brightly colored backdrops and high-key “glamour” backlighting of his tiny, fuzzy subjects.