Mikki, a performer with the Moscow Circus, was trained to take pictures in the 1990s by well-known Russian conceptual artists Vitaly Komar and Alexander Melamid, who work as Komar and Melamid.
After training the primate with a Polaroid camera at first, the artists then decided to teach Mikki the ways of analog photography. When he graduated from a modern film camera, Mikki was taught to use an old school large format camera.
Here are some of results by Mikki. The collection is titled “Our Moscow Through the Eyes of Mikki,” sold at Sotheby’s Auction House in London, June 5, 2013.
The buyer, Russian art collector Kira Flanzaich, said the photos were a fine example of conceptual art. "Sometimes you think that animals can maybe photograph or do other things better than a human being," she said. "So we could see it in this particular piece, because Mikki took the photographs that are quite good of Red Square."
Unfortunately Mikki was not around to enjoy the praise. The chimp died in 2007.