"An exploration of the close relationships between Americans and their cats, during a significant period for photography and modern understandings of animals as pets."—Cat Fancy
"While on the surface, this book may appear to be just a discussion of cat photos, it really is telling the human story. The Photographed Cat is a well-crafted book that will appeal to a variety of audiences."—Contemporary Sociology
"One comes away from The Photographed Cat with an understanding of the evolution of human-animal relationships and the realization that Americans have long loved and pampered their pets, regarding them as intimate friends and cherished family members. The text of the book is well-written and insightful and avoids sentimentality. The photographs are even more spot-on and stunning. Those interested in animal sociology, the American family, or early twentieth-century photography will appreciate this book—as, of course, will cat lovers."—Journal of American Culture
The Photographed Cat presents readers with an examination of how human-cat relationships are depicted in early twentieth-century photography. Examining this relationship from the perspective of the photographer and the human subjects who made or appear in these photographs, Arluke and Rolfe show that the cat photographs are valuable windows into sets of cultural values that may have existed at the time.
Arnold Arluke is professor of sociology and anthropology at Northeastern University. He is the author of numerous books on animal-human interactions including Beauty and the Beast: Human-Animal Relations Revealed in Real Photo Postcards, 1905–1935, coauthored with Robert Bogdan. Lauren Rolfe is a collector of early twentieth-century animal photographs.
8.5 x 11, 168 pages, 131 black and white illustrations