monkeying around with cameras

LIFE Nov 14, 1949

Toronto. I followed with interest the saga of the macaque monkey and ownership of a photo (a selfie) he took in 2011. Back on July 15, 2017 PETA stepped in on its behalf, suing the photographer and owner of the camera used. A few months later in mid September of 2017, we were pleased to report that an out of court settlement had been reached.

So it was a big surprise when our diligent internet detective, George Dunbar, uncovered an even earlier incidence of an animal photographer – this time a chimpanzee who captured a shot that was reported by LIFE magazine in its November 14, 1949 issue! Like all photographers, the little fellows moved from big cameras, film, and monochrome to small cameras, digital and colour!

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