Walter George Chandoha (November 30, 1920 – January 11, 2019) was a prolific photographer, known especially for his photographs of animals and particularly of cats. Additional subjects for which he is known are fruits, vegetables, flowers, and New York City street scenes. Over his long career, his archive grew to more than 225,000 photographs including approximately 90,000 photographs of cats.
He began taking photographs as a child using his family’s Kodak camera and later joined a camera club in Bayonne where he learned darkroom skills. After high school, he worked as an assistant to illustrator Leon de Voss.