Black Cat Appreciation Day – Blackie, the Muse

Carl Mydans Gjon Mili and his cat Blackie, 1944

Carl Mydans Gjon Mili and his cat Blackie, 1944 ©

Blackie was the muse and pet to Life magazine photographer Gjon Mili.

Gjon Mili (November 28, 1904 – February 14, 1984) was an Albanian-American photographer best known for his work published in LIFE which he photographed artists such as Pablo Picasso… and Blackie.

The famous photographer and anyone who met Blackie found it easy to appreciate this black kitty.

Blackie regarding a portrait of himself made by artist Saul Steinberg during a session at Mili's studio, 1947.

Blackie regarding a portrait of himself made by artist Saul Steinberg during a session at Mili’s studio, 1947. Photo by Gjon Mili