The PH21 Gallery in Budapest currently has a show The Cat Show ( a juried international photography exhibition ) that includes 2 my nudes from my book Familiar Men. It runs from April 14 to May 3. I was really charmed by the idea of a serious exhibition of images of cats.
My photo of Karl Michalak and Emory is the juror’s honorable mention. (You really need to click on this photograph.)
And my photograph of Tommi Avicolli Mecca with Pippina and Peaches is in the show as well.
From Zolt Batori, director at Ph21:
“The cat does not offer services. The cat offers itself.”
― William S. Burroughs: The Cat Inside
Some may think that snapshots of cats are only for the fleeting moment, that photographs of cute kitties and lone predators are only taken to bring a quick but passing smile to the face of the viewer. Others may cherish the photos of their pets for sentimental reasons but may not think that those images are of any interest to others. And then there is an army of feline devotees out there who flood every possible outlet with an overwhelming amount of cat photos and videos. Cats rule. So much so that sometimes the sheer quantity of feline imagery may make us forget what lies at the heart of this obsession: the quality that the cat offers by offering itself. The history of photography, however, teaches us that even the greatest masters considered cats a worthy subject for their camera. Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, André Kertész and Edward Weston, just to name a few of them, all had captivating photos of cats. The bar is set high, and contemporary photographers have been keeping the trend alive ever since, exploring new directions and new possibilities in the process.
These are two photographs in The Cat Show that I especially like.
The photos in the exhibition are varied in choice and composition and some are quite brilliant. Very well worth seeing.