Things to Read and Watch about Miniatures, Toys and the Photography of

This listing started as resources for an upcoming vlog I’m planning on why humans are intrigued by miniatures, and as a follow up, why some of those people are passionate about toy photography. I know there are some movies, etc. that feature miniatures of some kind, but use them as a narrative device, rather than saying something about them, if that makes sense at all, and therefore I’ve excluded those from this list.

While I’ve read and watched many of these, some are still on my to do list, so don’t consider this a list of recommendations just yet.

Fiction Books

  • Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn, 2006
  • The Miniaturist, Jessie Burton, 2015
  • The Indian in the Cupboard Series, 1980 – 1998

Non-Fiction Books

  • Fabrications: Staged, Altered and Appropriated Photographs, Anne H. Hoy, 2005
  • On Longing: Narratives of the Miniature, the Gigantic, the Souvenir, the Collection, Susan Stewart, 1984
  • The Poetics of Space, Gaston Bachelard, 1958
  • The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll: The Search for Dare Wright, Jean Nathan, 2005
  • Life of Toy Photographers, 2017
  • Ten Frames per Second, Johnny Wu, 2016
  • On Photography, Susan Sontag, 1973


  • Hereditary, 2018
  • Welcome to Marwen, 2018
  • Tiny Furniture, 2010
  • Gulliver’s Travels
  • The Miniaturist, 2017
  • Honey, I Shrunk the Kids, 1989
  • The Indian in the Cupboard, 1995


  • Marwencol, 2010
  • Voyeur, 2017
  • The Toys that Made Us, 2017 – 2018
  • Of Dolls & Murder, 2012

TV Shows

  • Sharp Objects, HBO, 2018
  • CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Miniature Serial Killer, Seasons 7 – 9 (Episodes 701, 702, 707, 710, 711, 716, 720, 724, 801, 907), 2006 – 2008
  • Friends, Season 3 Episode 20, The One with the Dollhouse, 1997




Blog Posts/Other

Leave a comment below, if you know of something that should be added to this list.

-Tourmaline .

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