Toy Photography: A Timeline

A quick breakdown of the history of toy photography. I hope this will pique your interest and encourage you to delve in deeper at the links below.

Those of you who have been keeping up with my research, know that toy photography can be linked back to the invention of photography, even back to the practice of still life in art. However, within history books, toy photography is not a genre labeled outside of the umbrella genre’s of still life, staged, fabricated and directorial mode.

It’s important that we see toy photography as part of recognized artistic practices, but I think it’s also important that we see its unique qualities.

So let’s get into it.

Do you want to be recorded in the history of toy photography?

If you’re a photographer who began working in toy photography before 2000, I’d like to add you to this timeline. Please reach out.

If you’re a photographer currently working in toy photography, I’d like to add you to this list – Current Working Toy Photographers Listing

In either case, or anything in between, I’d love to know about you and your work. Please contact me or comment below.

What are you most interested in learning more about?

What I’m researching next – the historic use of miniatures in film

What I’m making next – more health inspired images, with some new props to help

Read more – The History of Toy Photography

Or get outside this blog, and read even deeper about the history of photography as a whole – Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History, The Met, Photography


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