Blackie was the cat of photographer Gjon Mili, who was best known for his work for Life magazine. you can see a beautiful series he did with Picasso that i previously blogged about here. i was digging more into his work when i noticed that Blackie appears in a lot of his shoots – it seems that his feline friend accompanied him to the studio (and really enjoyed it).

all photos by Gjon Mili


  1. Those are adorable! I’m not usually a cat fan, but something tells me I would have liked this one. My favorites were with the gymnast and looking at the cat image in the Saul Steinberg mural.

  2. These photos remind me of the time in art school when a friend of mine brought her cat into the studio. Sometimes its footprints ended up on drawings which were lying on the floor. Having cats around is great.

  3. You know that last photo where he’s gazing off into the distance in disdain? Yep, that’s my kitty’s expression when he lies next to me as I talk to my computer in frustration.

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