September 5, 2018

Walter Chandoha Photo Exhibit at HAM

TWIN GRINS: “Walter Chandoha: A Lifetime of Photography,” opens September 23 at the Hunterdon Art Museum. The exhibit showcases the animal photography of freelance photographer Walter Chandoha, along with still lifes of vegetables and fruits and vintage images of New York City. An opening reception is September 23 from 3 to 5 p.m.

The Hunterdon Art Museum focuses on the freelance photography of Walter Chandoha in a solo exhibition opening this fall. The exhibition, “Walter Chandoha: A Lifetime of Photography,” showcases his cat photography, taken long before the days of Instagram; his vibrant still lifes of vegetables and fruits, and his New York City candid images of the late 1940s and early 1950s.

A reception celebrating the show’s opening will be held September 23 from 3 to 5 p.m. The museum will host a gallery talk with Chandoha on Sunday, October 7 at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome at both events.

In a storied career spanning seven decades, Chandoha is best known for capturing the personalities of thousands of cats and dogs, and he became the go-to person whenever a Madison Avenue advertising director needed the perfect eyecatching pet photo.

Chandoha’s photos have appeared in newspapers, magazines, and trade journals around the world. He has authored numerous books, and at one time you could walk down the pet food aisle of any grocery store and more than half of the cat and dog photos on the packaging were taken by Chandoha.

The exhibition runs until January 6, 2019. HAM is giving a free signed poster of Chandoha’s famous photo of five kittens to the first 40 new or renewed museum members during the run of this exhibition.

The Hunterdon Museum is at 7 Lower Center Street in Clinton. For more information, call (908) 735-8415 or visit