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.

A Stop Motion Animated Film from 1934

“Starewicz had become a master animator by 1933, incorporating techniques never used before and rarely since (such as moving the puppets during the actual exposure to create blurring for fast … Continue reading A Stop Motion Animated Film from 1934

Historic Dabbling in the World of Toys – Bahaus, Fotografia Metafisica, Surreal

While toy photography is a genre all its own, toys and miniatures in an of themselves are iconographic objects. This has led photographers who don’t always or often use toys … Continue reading Historic Dabbling in the World of Toys – Bahaus, Fotografia Metafisica, Surreal

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

Hans Bellmer – A Doll Day Feature

Today, August 2nd, is Doll Day and in realizing this I knew I had an interesting opportunity to talk about Hans Bellmer, an artist I recently came across while researching … Continue reading Hans Bellmer – A Doll Day Feature

Horst P. Horst, Classical still life, 1937

Surrealist Figure Photographers of the Mid 1900s

In trying to find the earliest toy photograph, I came accross the amazing work of these two. Their work can’t be part of my early toy photography search as I’ve … Continue reading Surrealist Figure Photographers of the Mid 1900s

My Ongoing Search for the Earliest Toy Photograph

The definition of a toy photograph has to be slightly amended when discussing the onset of photography. Action figures didn’t exist back then. However figures and miniatures of all types … Continue reading My Ongoing Search for the Earliest Toy Photograph