Monkey Business

How much would you pay for a blurry photograph of Moscow? What if it was taken by a chimpanzee?

06.06.13 5:38 PM ET

Get ready for Instagram feeds to be filled with photos taken from an animal point-of-view. On Wednesday, the collection of pictures by Mikki (pictured above), a chimpanzee, reeled in roughly $75,000 at Sotheby's. Mikki was discovered by contemporary Russian artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid at the Moscow Circus, and they taught him how to take photos. According to Guzelian, his works like the one below of St. Basil's Cathedral, are similar to experimental photography and are an animal's version of the endless number of tourist photos taken daily around the world.

A collection of one-of-a-kind photographs is set to go under the hammer - so unique because the set was taken by a CHIMPANZEE.

Mikki the monkey’s snapshots of Moscow’s Red Square, Russia, show a blurry picture of life through an animal’s eyes, to form the exhibition ‘Our Moscow through the Eyes of Mikki’.

Contemporary artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, two of the founding members of Moscow Conceptualism of the 1970s, discovered chimpanzee Mikki as a popular performer at the Moscow Circus.

They taught the 15-year-old chimpanzee how to take photos with a Polaroid, and then by a regular analog and an antique camera.

Mikki’s take on the world presents a new perspective akin to experimental photography and reference millions of photos taken by tourists on a daily basis.

The pictures, which will be sold at Sotheby’s Auction House, London, on June 5, are expected to fetch between £50,000 - £70,000.


The colorful roofs of Saint Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow’s Red Square through the eyes of Mikki, a 15-year-old chimpanzee