May 17th, 2012

Cooper’s First Home Photo Shoot

For years you have seen pictures Cooper takes around his neighborhood. But have you wondered what kind of photos Cooper would take in your own backyard?

Tony was the lucky winner of Cooper’s first home photo shoot, the prize of last month’s special Cooper raffle to benefit PAWS. Cooper enjoyed meeting Tony and photographing every nook and cranny of his yard. Watch the video!

While exploring the yard, Cooper met one of Tony’s five cats, Rowen. Rowen gets to enjoy the great (sort of) outdoors in his cat enclosure – sort of like a dog run – which protects him from other animals and traffic. A great idea for humans concerned about the safety of their pets! Rowen and Cooper spent a lot of time staring at each other, and vocalized their greetings with many forms of meows, hisses and growls. Our interpretation was Cooper: “Why are you in a dog run?” And Rowen: “You’re the one on a leash, buddy.”

It was a fun afternoon, and a treat for Cooper to be able to shoot photos in a new location! This month Cooper raised $127 for PAWS, the Progressive Animal Welfare Society.

Speaking of paws, Cooper is currently licking his own, while reading his photo book. If you haven’t seen his book yet, check it out!

April 2nd, 2012

Cooper Exhibit at Chocolate Shoebox, Seattle

Never seen Cooper’s photos in person?  Time for another Cooper exhibit! Come to the Chocolate Shoebox in Seattle during most of April.

Drop by on Friday, April 13th (6pm – 9pm) during the Phinney-Wood Art Walk. It’s your chance to meet Cooper’s humans, grab an autographed copy of CAT CAM (Cooper’s photo book), and enter a special one-time raffle: The proceeds go to PAWS, and the raffle winner gets a home photo shoot with Cooper himself!

Also, we’re having a special sale during this exhibit: Cooper’s photos: 30% OFF! Come by and take advantage of this great deal!  As always, a portion of the proceeds benefit PAWS.

When: Art Walk “Show Opening” is April 13, 6pm – 9pm
(Exhibit runs April 13 – May 5, 2012, open daily 11am – 7pm)

Cooper’s stunning photos have exhibited in Seattle, Ellensburg, Chicago and London. The internet simply doesn’t do them justice – one truly needs to see Cooper’s framed photos in person. There are several new photos which have not appeared in previous Cooper exhibits – come see for yourself!

What is the Chocolate Shoebox, you ask? Only the best idea for a retail store ever: Chocolate + shoes. Is there a better combination, ladies? Also, everything is vegan, meaning no animals were harmed! They strive to offer organic and fair-trade and in many cases locally-made chocolates and sweets. Some of the proceeds from several of their chocolates benefit charities that work to help animals.

So swing by the Phinney-Wood Art Walk on Friday, April 13 from 6pm – 9pm. Meet Cooper’s humans, enter the special one-time raffle, be cultured, eat some decadent treats and catch some great deals!

Then go home, chew on some catnip, scratch up the couch and call it a day well spent.

May 9th, 2011

Australia, Meet Cooper

This weekend Cooper had a live television appearance, this time in Australia. G’day!

The TODAY SHOW Australia interviewed the Photographer Cat during the Sunday morning WEEKEND TODAY program. Cooper has had many television appearances, but never one with such a drastic change in timezone.  Fortunately he stayed awake for almost all four minutes.

Our conversation with host Alicia Gorey was fun, and she asked lots of great questions about Cooper, his photo project, and his photo book, CAT CAM.  In case you missed it, watch Cooper’s segment right here!

Host Alicia Gorey chats with Cooper and his humans, Deirdre and Michael Cross.

The Photographer Cat was finally able to relax once we were off the air.

Cooper is currently curled up to the laptop, responding to new fan mail from Australia.

February 14th, 2011

Cooper on “Must Love Cats”

Hello, old friends and new friends!  It’s possible that you just found out about Cooper from his recent appearance in the series premiere of Animal Planet’s new program, “Must Love Cats,” or perhaps you’ve been following him since he shot his very first photo back in 2007.  Either way, we are so glad that you have found Cooper!

Did you know that Cooper has a photo book? Be sure to order your copy of “Cat Cam: The World of Cooper the Photographer Cat.”  You will also find Cooper limited edition photo prints (both framed and unframed), along with Cooper t-shirts and more in the Gallery Store!

In case you missed Cooper’s appearance in “Must Love Cats,” here it is!

Cooper sends big purrs to the producers of “Must Love Cats,” and to John Fulton, the show’s host.  John was wonderful on the day of the video shoot, and is just as warm and caring in person as he appears on the show.

Presently Cooper is taking a nap on top of the DVR.  He would like his episode replayed immediately.

February 3rd, 2011

Cooper Wins “Best of the Decade”

Wow! Seattle Magazine announced that Cooper has won “Best of the Decade.” Not bad for a 5 year-old feline! Cooper couldn’t be more thrilled, as he has great purr-ide in Seattle!

Two years ago, Cooper had the honor of winning Seattle Magazine’s “Best of 2009.” You should have seen his happy touchdown dance! This award placed Cooper in the Animals category. This category makes sense, as the Photographer Cat is, after all, a cat. Go Cooper, go!

But for his “Best of the Decade” award, Cooper has now interestingly moved up to the Culture category. Incredible! This means that Cooper has moved beyond recognition for just his photography, and for being relatively interesting for a cat. For the first time people not just in Seattle, but all around the world, are able to see into the lives of animals when humans aren’t around. Cooper has brought insight, smiles and laughter into the world of animal lovers everywhere.

Whether you discovered Cooper at one of his photography exhibits, through his website or Facebook page, whether you learned about him on the news, Animal Planet, Good Morning America, People Magazine, whether you saw Cooper’s Cat Cam book on a friend’s coffee table or you’ve simply heard buzz about the Photographer Cat, something has brought you here, and we’re so glad that you have come! Thank you for helping to make Cooper the Photographer Cat the Best of the Decade.

Cooper is currently curled up on his copy of Seattle Magazine for an award-winning nap.

October 26th, 2010

Announcing Cooper’s First Book

Cooper’s first photo book finally is here! Watch the announcement video!

The adventures of the Photographer Cat are documented with his micro Cat Cam. See the world from a cat’s point of view in this stunning, full-color photo book. Available on Amazon.com.

A portion of the proceeds is donated to PAWS: Progressive Animal Welfare Society.

Special offer for Cooper’s fans:
Be among the first 20 order 3 or more books and receive a free limited edition special Cooper magnet!
Contact Cooper for details.

“Cat Cam” investigates the secret life of a cat. Through Cooper’s eyes we explore places only cats go, witness interactions with other neighborhood animals, and see the seasons change from a rare and vivid point of view. The book includes many never-before-seen photos, as well as commentary and tips from Cooper himself.

Critical raves for Cooper and his photography:

“Have you ever wondered what your cat does when you’re not there? This is a year in the life of a cat.” – GOOD MORNING AMERICA

“Deirdre and Michael Cross put a camera on the collar of their cat, Cooper, that automatically takes a picture every two minutes… Cooper’s view of the world is so different from what most people see.” – ANIMAL PLANET’s “CATS 101”

“We were blown away!” – PEOPLE MAGAZINE

“Cooper… the first-ever feline photographer!” – IN TOUCH WEEKLY

“We’ve often wondered what our pets do when we’re not looking — but one Seattle couple took an unusual step to find out… Meet Cooper, a cat who took a cue from owners Michael and Deirdre Cross (both filmmakers themselves) and documented his daily goings-on with his own Cat Cam.” –LA TIMES

“Vivid, imaginative, and abstract… Offering a point of view most people never see. That’s the very definition of an artist… even an accidental one.” –EVENING MAGAZINE

September 14th, 2010

Cooper “In Touch” With His Bad Self

My cousin Macaela called us yesterday and screamed into the phone, “Cooper is in In Touch, oh my god! Quick, turn to page 58! How freakin’ cool!” And I said, “Huh? Wait – is that a magazine?”

Cooper is no stranger to fame. In fact, when he saw himself in this week’s In Touch Weekly magazine, he simply turned around, curled up and took a nap in the middle of his article.

While we never intended our cat’s photography project to become widely popular, it has been fun over the past two years to follow Cooper in the media. From newspapers to magazines, local television news to Good Morning America, international web sites to People magazine. You make us proud, Cooper!

One of the secrets to Cooper’s success is somewhat obvious. Cooper won’t admit it himself, as he is a little shy. So I’ll come out and say it: Cooper is a handsome devil. He is an artist, and his work speaks for himself. But just like the lead singer in a band, his fame may be somewhat assisted by his natural good looks. Cooper could sell cat food if he really wanted to – maybe as a part-time job. Maybe that would help him pay for that new lens he’s been hinting for. Whether in front or behind the camera, Cooper, you’re doing great things!

People keep asking us what Cooper will be up to next. And it’s hard to tell, as he is truly unpredictable. Again, much like a rockstar. You can’t rope the wind, as they say. But it is possible that Cooper has a project in mind for the next couple months. For those of you thinking about what to get the cat lover on your holiday list I’ll mention that Cooper has been considering publishing a book…

Cooper is currently stretched out on the window sill, with one eye on a fly.

September 7th, 2010

Cooper Shoots New Neighborhood

Cooper’s family just moved! We are still in Seattle, but have relocated to a quieter street.  This is better for both Cooper and his baby brother Cameron.

The move was exhausting but is now over – and well worth it!  Cooper has been stuck inside for the first week, itching to get out and discover the new neighborhood.

Yesterday, finally, the day came for Cooper to explore his new backyard and meet some neighbors.  Check out a few of his photos!

“Labor Day” A flag raised for Labor Day by one of Cooper’s new neighbors.

“Brick House” Love this shot from through the weeds!

“Joe” On the right you can glimpse one of Cooper’s new friends!

“Squirrel” We can’t be sure, but we think this is the first photo Cooper has taken of a squirrel – apparently being chased up into a bush!

“Looking Inward” Cooper’s reflection is caught as he peeks inside our neighbor’s kitchen window.  Love that you can see his eyes!

Cooper is now curled up inside, enjoying a long nap.  Maybe he’ll get to explore again tomorrow?

May 6th, 2010

Cooper Returns to Seattle – Special Exhibit

If you missed Cooper’s debut gallery show in Seattle last spring, Urban Light Studios in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood is hosting a ONE DAY only special gallery exhibit THIS SUNDAY! That’s not all; a video crew from Animal Planet will be there videotaping!

Here’s the scoop:

WHEN: Sunday, May 9th from 4:45 – 8:00 pm
WHERE: Urban Light Studios, 8537 Greenwood Avenue N. Seattle, WA 98103
MEET: Cooper’s family (Deirdre, Michael, maybe even Cooper’s baby brother Cameron)
SEE: Cooper’s framed photos, as well as video from his Video Cat Cam! Never-seen-before photos will be on display, along with all-time Cooper favorites from the last two years.

This is a Special Exhibit for Cooper the Photographer Cat. The video crew from Animal Planet will be there documenting the event for their new upcoming show, “Must Love Cats.”

Cooper’s human parents will be there to answer questions about the Cat Cam project. Join us for an afternoon of fun. You never know – something you say about Cooper may just appear on Animal Planet’s new show, “Must Love Cats.”

A portion of sales will be donated to PAWS Cat City Seattle.

We are considering this a “Welcome Home Cooper” party, as his photography has just returned from a 6-month exhibit in Chicago at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. The show went just great! We would like to thank Christie at the Chicago Nature Museum for finding Cooper’s work and presenting it to nearly 100,000 guests of the museum. Cooper even sold a few prints and was able to donate a few clams to his friends at PAWS Chicago.

Wondering what you might see at Cooper’s gallery show? Here’s a video we made of his opening weekend in Chicago at the Nature Museum:

Also, we’d like to thank our more than 10,000 fans on Facebook for being such great supporters of Cooper’s work. It’s fun to see where he goes and even better to share it with all of you! If you’re not already a fan, please see his Facebook page.

February 8th, 2010

Best Cooper Video Yet

In addition to taking beautiful still photos around the neighborhood once a week, Cooper has occasionally been shooting video with his new Video Cat Cam. And this week Cooper shot his best video yet!

Somehow this time he was able to capture it all: The start of Cooper’s day with a healthy breakfast, heading outside through his cat flap, encounters with a garden gnome and a friendly neighbor, scaling a fence, and heading home to be greeted by Dad at the door.

Thanks for the wonderful insight into your world, Cooper! You’re a smart cat and we love following your adventures.