This 19th Century Photographer Didn’t Need Photoshop

American photographer Harry Whittier Frees took incredible photos of live animals doing all sorts of different human things. What’s the big deal, you ask? Well, he did it in the early 19th century, meaning that he had no means of editing his work. All it took was patience, talent, and a camera.


Due to his pioneering photography, he soon became very famous.


His photos were sold as postcards, books and artworks.


You may wonder how he made all these animals pose for him.

According to Harry Whittier Frees, his work required a lot of patience and, more importantly, kindness.


“These unusual photographs of real animals were made possible only by patient, unfailing kindness on the part of the photographer at all times,” he said.


Even though he loved his work, he reportedly only worked with the animals for three months each year – just because it was very exhausting.

Kittens and puppies could be lured into having a picture taken: “Puppies are tractable when rightly understood, but the kitten is the most versatile animal actor, and possesses the greatest variety of appeal.”


Pigs, on the other hand, were rather difficult to work with: “The pig is the most difficult to deal with, but effective on occasion.”


Even though the artist passed away in 1953 after a long battle with cancer, his work is still very popular.

In times of Photoshop and many more editing software, it is quite admirable to see these incredible photos which have never been manipulated.