Stray Cat Photography | ©Marianna Zampieri

Kitty Close-up: “Catographer” Marianna in Italy

Marianna is an amateur photographer in Vicenza, Italy who has a passion for both cats and photography (a catographer!). An office employee by day, Marianna enjoys photographing her feline friends and she also started a Facebook page to help stray cats find their forever homes.

In Marianna’s own words

I am not a professional photographer, but I have recently discovered a passion for photography. It all started when I adopted my lovely cat Arthur in 2012, and I wanted to share and show his beauty. So what better way? Taking pictures obviously!

Arthur still remains my favorite model. But I also like to photograph stray cats or shelter cats. I think they are so proud, elegant, wild, and beautiful of course. I am always looking at them with such admiration.

I gatti di Vicenza” is my Facebook page that I started in January 2013 with the purpose to help rescued cats find forever homes. Furthermore, I organize events to collect food for stray cats. Here are some pictures of the event where I sold some of my photos of stray cats.

Marianna (center) with friends who helped at the latest event.

During the last event we held on 3rd January 2016, we also collected money to buy a little wood home for some cats that live in the countryside near Vicenza.


Marianna’s gorgeous color photos

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Stunning photos in black & white

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Next month, Three Chatty Cats will be featuring Marianna’s project called Passions. Here’s a sneak peek!


Thank you to “catographer” Marianna for sharing her beautiful pictures with us and for helping stray kitties in Italy. You can follow Marianna on Instagram (@marianna_catographer) and Flickr and also connect with her I gatti di Vicenza Facebook page.

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  1. Thank you Marianna! Good photos help shelter cats get adopted. It worked with me. Has she thought about putting her photos in a book and selling it for charity?

  2. Thanks for introducing us to another person doing great things for cats. You might want to tell her about Photographers for Cats ( XOCK Lily Olivia, Mauricio, Misty May, Giulietta, Fiona, Astrid, Lisbeth and Calista Jo

  3. Wow. These photos are stunning. My brother is currently stationed in Vincenza with the US Army and he LOVES cats, so this hits close to home. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m going to share with my sister and my mom also. They will love this!

  4. OMG, I think her photos are incredible! They have such an etherial or spiritual feeling to them. I love them and have just signed up to follow her. Thanks for another wonderful post.

    I have a question for you so email me when you have a chance thedailypip(at)gmail(dot)com. Thanks!

  5. It’s awesome that she uses her talent to help stray kitties and shelter kitties find homes! And how wonderful for the stray kitties to have a wood home to stay warm in now. :)

  6. These photos are so gorgeous! I will definitely be sharing this soon. :) Photography is an art that requires the artist to express their view on a subject without any words. I think that Marianna has done an incredible job with it.

  7. Marianna is really talented, these photos are gorgeous! It’s so nice that she uses her talents to help kitties of Italia!
    Love & biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

  8. So many beautiful photographs! I think taking photos of cats is much harder than dogs. Perhaps that’s part of why I blog about dogs but i have more cats than dogs? Thank you for spotlighting Marianna. She deserves some kudos for her work!

  9. Wow! That is quite the talent she has there! :) Thank you for letting us know about her. I just wish she had a WP blog as I don’t go on Instagram as much! Hahaha!

  10. Thank You all! I’ve just red your beautiful comments and they Made me so proud!!
    Thank You Three Chatty Cats and thanks everyone Who wrote something about me ❤️❤️

  11. How did you discover Marianna and her work? It’s wonderful that she agreed to an interview and a display of some of her photos.

    Cats are an inspiration, aren’t they? My first inspired my life in animal welfare.

    Arthur is definitely elegant! I’d love to know more about how Marianna manages to photograph strays.

    1. I actually found Marianna through Instagram. I was just browsing cat pictures and saw the one of the cat with the ballerina – and I fell in love! I contacted her and then found out about her rescue work as well! I’ve found other cat photographers through Instagram as well.