Walter Chandoha captured the hearts of the public with his beautiful photos of feline friends. With an archive believed to contain 90,000 photographs of cats over more than 50 years, along with photos that appeared in magazines and pet food packagings, Taschen released a book that featured 300 of his most celebrated images taken between 1942-2018. My Modern Met has the details:
Chandoha began his career as a combat photographer during the Second World War and an art director postwar, but it was a chance encounter with a kitten during a winter’s night in New York City during 1949 that ignited his lifelong passion for photographing his fluffy subjects. Chandoha adopted the kitten and named him Loco, but little did he know his new pet would become his muse and determine the rest of his career.
“I relished the challenge of making photographs of cats and quickly saw the potential of attempting to capture their naturally expressive personalities,” Chandoha writes in his foreword to the book, just before he died earlier this year at the age of 98.
image credit: Walter Chandoha/Taschen via My Modern Met