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Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer

Interview by David La Spina, Brittany Hudak.

Featured image is reproduced from <i>Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer</i>.

Darling color vintage cat photographs -- the purr-fect gift

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, and have been absorbed into the public subconscious via countless posters, pet-food packaging, T-shirts and other uses. The Internet is awash with cat pictures, but Chandoha's cat pictures might be seen as the forefather of them all.
Chandoha's images are striking not only for their singular charm, but also for having established a vocabulary of the animal studio portrait with a signature look--clean, brightly colored backdrops and high-key "glamour" backlighting of the subjects. The Cat Photographer is a fun book, but it also offers insight into the unique career of a successful commercial photographer who carved out his own niche. Here, Chandoha is interviewed by David La Spina, who has been working with Chandoha and his family to bring his archive to public attention, and Brittany Hudak. The interview includes photography tips and diagrams of Chandoha's studio setup, and an account of how the photographer came to make a living with animal photography.
Walter Chandoha (born 1920) has worked as a freelance photographer for more than four decades, landing more than 300 magazine covers and thousands of advertising campaigns. He began photographing cats shortly after the end of World War II. "Although I did not realize it at the time," recalls Chandoha about his early cat photographs, "we were building a stock picture file that is still yielding today, some 50 years later."

Featured image is reproduced from Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer.

Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer

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CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/24/2015

Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer

Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer, Gift Kitty

Whether you're a collector of vintage photography or a closet cat lover, Aperture's Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer is for you. Shag carpet, silk pillows, bright backdrops and studio lighting inform these delightfully kitschy, high-res color photographs by a master of 50s stock photography. Featured on the New York Times Video site and recommended by WIRED, this charming volume makes an ideal Stocking Stuffer for the upcoming holidays, and it's one of our favorite Holiday Gift Books of 2015. >> continue to blog


FROM THE ARTBOOK BLOG

CORY REYNOLDS | DATE 11/23/2015

Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer

Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer

"Five Crazy Kittens" (1980) is reproduced from Walter Chandoha: The Cat Photographer, the new media favorite from Aperture. "Most of my cats have been used in advertising to sell other products. You'd be surprised where they turned up. For example, there was a shoe ad—it's a nice, soft leather that's supposed to be related to the softness of the cat. Due to their association with softness, my cat photos even ended up on a package for brassieres." See more books from our 2015 Holiday Gift Guide. >> continue to blog


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