Monthly Archives: April 2007

Harry Whittier Frees

I can’t decide whether I find these photos sweet or sinister, but they’re certainly intriguing. They were taken by Harry Whittier Frees (1879-1953) who used his own pets for the poses and made a point of treating them humanely, even if they don’t look entirely comfortable. He had the idea when a party hat fell on his pet dog’s head and the dog went on wearing it.
‘Every subject was a living, healthy, active animal brought into position by patient kindness. No drugged animals, much less any that was artificial or stuffed, could give the results shown. Rabbits are the easiest to photograph in costume. The kitten is the most versatile actor. The pig is the most difficult to deal with.’
His puppies were called Wags, Tags, Rags and Obadiah. The kittens were Buzz, Fuzz, Suzz and Agamemnon. The rabbit models were Fluff, Puff, Muff and Algernon.

BB Pete