The Photographer's Gallery is to host an exhibition about cat photography.
The exhibition, called 'For the LOL of Cats: Felines, Photography and the Web', has come about due to the sheer amopunt of cat photography that is on the web today. From the cute to the absurd, millions of cat images are viewed, modified and shared online each day.
In spite of their viral proliferation and popular appeal, cat photography has largely been overlooked as a significant cultural form. 'For the LOL of Cats: Felines, Photography and the Web' considers this paradox with a season of cat photography displayed on The Wall as part of the Gallery’s digital programme. Over the next three months, a diverse array of photo bloggers, photographers and related online communities will be invited to share their feline image collections, reflecting the multifaceted world of cat culture online.
The exhibition will focus on a number of contemporary trends and projects including cat scanning, cat breading, cat shaming and The Infinite Cat Project, a website containing over 1700 images of cats gazing at each other via computer screens. These sit alongside historical examples such as The Brighton Cats, a series of carte-de-visite photographs by Harry Pointer from the 1870s. A major part of the exhibition will be dedicated to the more recent online phenomenon of Lolcats: images of cats accompanied by amusing text which is often idiosyncratic and grammatically incorrect.
For the LOL of Cats is on from the 12 October 2012 until the 16 January 2013. For more information, visit the Photographer's Gallery website