Looking at the trends of the Lenscratch Favorite Photograph Exhibition and forming a new call for a yearly toy photography exhibition.
Toy Photography: A Timeline
A quick breakdown of toy photography's history. It's linked back to the invention of photography, and to the practice of still life in art.
Henk Tas, “the grandmaster of staged photography”
Henk Tas creates his work, surrounding himself with items from his childhood, focusing on rock & roll, pop music and blues.
How Toy Photography Fits within Photography
First and foremost, toy photography is photography. The term "toy photography" only came to use after the internet age, within the past 15 years or so - primarily through social media like flickr. But toy photography has existed since at least 1898 (123 years ago), and can be traced back even to the invention of photography, all falling instead into the categories I'll outline here.
Kodak and the Rise of Amateur Toy Photography
Hobby Toy Photography can find it's roots in Kodak's 1929 Picture Contest. From representations of boxing rings, lounging dolls and scenic expanses, toy photography spread as cameras came into the hands of the masses. The only place these images are published on the web.
Getting to the Next Question
"It just might turn out that we're hard-wired to look for questions rather than answers - that answers are merely the delivery system for getting us to the next question." - Ted Orland, The View from the Studio Door The history of Toy Photography isn't something that's discussed. Photographers who have historically used toys within... Continue Reading →
Austin Anderson @toy.at.heart
Today I'm very excited to share some insight into the fabulous artist, Austin Anderson. I became familiar with his work, and got to know him online and then later had the opportunity to meet him in person! He creates beautiful images and tells very compelling stories along with them. Read his interview here, soak in... Continue Reading →
toy.photography | This Blog in Summary
A bit of a blog summary for all my new visitors.