A brief history of cat photography: You're rightpeople do want to see your kitty

March 15, 2019

It seems people have been placing their kitties in ludicrous scenarios just to snap a photo for nearly 150 years


We all know the internet was created to share cat memes, but would you believe that photos of felines in faux tableaux are inextricably linked to the history of the camera itself? Consider Harry "Laser" Pointer, British photographer and visionary wise-ass active in the 1870s. He saw an opening and filled it.

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"Pointer realized that even a relatively straight-forward cat photograph could be turned into an amusing or appealing image by adding a written caption," Gizmodo reports.

Could it ever!

Lest you get idea that Pointer was some sort of lone actor, posing pets in isolation, let's not overlook American pioneer of animal photography Harry Whittier Frees, who entered the fray in 1906 "when he put a party hat on the family cat during dinner." Not just some hack with a camera, Frees proved himself a theoretcician on the subject. Again from Gizmodo:

"Puppies are tractable when rightly understood, but the kitten is the most versatile animal actor, and possesses the greatest variety of appeal."

To read more and see some of these historical photos (cats having a tea party, cat on a bicycle, pig pushing a pair of kittens in a wheelbarrow, etc.), head over to Gizmodo.