Henri Cartier-Bresson, New York, 1947
Robert Capa, [Man and cat outside an air-raid shelter, London], June-July 1941
Weegee, [Girl with cat in cradle], ca. 1950
Robert Capa, [Henri Matisse in bed working, his black cat at his feet, (Cimiez) Nice, France], August 1949
Barbara Morgan, Berenice Abbott with Cat, 1942
Oh! fond farewell to savages and explorations!—in grasping, during the brief intervals in which our species can bring itself to interrupt its hive-like activity, the essence of what it was and continues to be, below the threshold of thought and over and above society: in the contemplation of a mineral more beautiful than all our creations; in the scent that can be smelt at the heart of a lily and is more imbued with learning than all our books; or in the brief glance, heavy with patience, serenity, and mutual forgiveness, that through some involuntary understanding, one can sometimes exchange with a cat.
–Claude Levi-Strauss (Tristes Tropiques, 1955)