Toy-esque Photographers | Onset of Photography through the 1980s

Photographers who at least dabbled in photographs of toys, miniatures, figurines and the like, a timeline.

Click the names to learn more.

Links and Photographer listing will be updated as I find more to add.

[Last Updated August 10, 2020]

1898 Albert Smith & James Stuart Blackton

Albert Smith and James Stuart Blackton, Raising Old Glory Over Morro Castle, 1898

1898 Edward H. Amet

Bombardment of Matanzas, Edward H. Amet, 1898

1912 Adolph de Meyer

More on him also here and here.

The Nymphenburg Figure, Baron A. de Meyer, Photogravure, 1912
The Nymphenburg Figure, Baron A. de Meyer, Photogravure, 1912

1917 Elsie Wright & Francis Griffiths

Cottingly Fairies, 1917

1925 Edward Weston

Edward Weston, 1925

1926 László Moholy-Nagy

(more info will post, and be linked here, soon)

Laszlo Maholy-Nagy, Dolls, 1926

1933 Wesley David Archer

Death in the Air, Wesley David Archer

1934 Hans Bellmer

Hans Bellmer

1934 Duke Wetherell

Loch Ness Monster, Robert Kenneth Wilson

1936 Herbert Bayer

(more info will post, and be linked here, soon)

Herbert Bayer, Still Life, 1936

1937 Herbert List

(more info will post, and be linked here, soon)

Herbert List, Knock Out, 1937

1937 Horst P. Horst

Horst P. Horst, Still Life Hoop, 1939, platinum palladium print
Horst P. Horst, Still Life Hoop, 1939, platinum palladium print

1938 Emiel von Maerkerken

(more info will post, and be linked here, soon)

Emiel von Maerkerken, Our Daily Bread, 1938

1939 Guiseppe Cavalli

Guiseppe Cavalli

1945 Vilem Reichmann

(more info will post, and be linked here, soon)

Vilem Reichmann, from Hounded City: On Dry Land, 1943

1947 Milos Korecek

(more info will post, and be linked here, soon)

Milos Korecek, Emigrant, 1947

1955 Peter Stauda

(more info will post, and be linked here, soon)

Peter Stauda, Lying Doll, 1955

1957 Dare Wright

Dare Wright, Lona, A Fairy Tale, 1963
Dare Wright, Lona, A Fairy Tale, 1963

1972 David Levinthal

David Levinthal, American Beauties
David Levinthal, American Beauties

1976 Laurie Simmons

Laurie Simmons, Early Color Interiors

1978 Ellen Brooks

Ellen Brooks, Tableaux

1986 Arthur Tress

Arthur Tress, Teapot Opera, 1980s
Arthur Tress, Teapot Opera, 1980s
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5 Comments

  1. Very instructive timeline, Jennifer – thanks for sharing. I wasn’t aware Moholy-Nagy worked with dolls (I would have thought that photo was Hans Bellmer’s, too). And I also like Levinthal a lot – you chose a great picture here, too.

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