Harry Whittier Frees
|Died||1953 (aged 73–74)|
|Known for||Photography of posed animals.|
On the choice of cats for his photos Frees states in his book Animal Land on the Air:
Rabbits are the easiest to photograph in costume, but incapable of taking many 'human' parts. Puppies are tractable when rightly understood, but the kitten is the most versatile animal actor, and possesses the greatest variety of appeal.
He remained single and spent much of his life caring for his parents; after they died he moved to Clearwater, Florida.
Frees committed suicide in 1953 after being diagnosed with cancer.
- "Harry Whittier Frees (1879-1953)". One More River. Archived from the original on 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- "Speaking of Pictures These are Harry Frees's Lifework". Life Magazine. 1937-03-01. pp. 4–5.
- Nicholas Gilmore (2018-09-10). "The Cat Meme Photographer from a Century Ago". Saturday Evening Post. Retrieved 2018-09-23.
- "LOLcats: Pictures By Harry Whittier Frees Show Felines Subject Of Fun Even 100 Years Ago". Huffington Post UK. 2013-02-13. Retrieved 2014-05-15.
- "A 110-Year-Old Book Illustrated with Photos of Kittens & Cats Taught Kids How to Read | Open Culture". Retrieved 2022-10-03.
- Cats, Dogs & Other Rabbits: The Extraordinary World of Harry Whittier Frees by Harry Whittier Frees and Sylvie Treille, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2006.
- בר, ראם: "חיות בלבוש אדם ומסורות חזותיות בשירי אמא אווזה של הארי ויטייר פריס", עיונים בספרות ילדים 20 (תשע″א, 2011) עמ′ 55-16. This Hebrew article focuses on Frees′ photographs for "The Animal Mother Goose" and presents their design techniques, from straightforward mimicry of previous illustrations, through adherence to traditional iconography, to a parody on popular American visual motives not otherwise related to the rhymes. It includes a review of anthropomorphic animals in art, their photographic versions and their becoming a feature of children's literature.