Historic Miniature Photography of a Different Variety

“We desire to bring together all the most interesting facets offered by Daguerre’s invention under the four rubrics of curiosity, usefulness for the arts, quickness of understanding and usefullness for the sciences.”

-Francois Arago, report before the Academy of Sciences, Paris, 1839

Toy Photography and the photography of toys are two very different things. Toy Photography is the photography of toys, miniatures, trinkets, in scenic environments to tell a story, or relay an idea. The photography of toys is simply that – straight forward photography of an item or group of items with the intention of showing off that item in itself, and not creating a larger idea around it.Continue reading “Historic Miniature Photography of a Different Variety”

The History of the Still Life

The term ‘still life’ was coined in the Netherlands in the 17th century, but the practice itself dates back to ancient times.

As a basis, a still life is “a piece that features an arrangement of inanimate objects as its subject” (My Modern Met). Meaning, for you toy photographers reading this, toy photography is a form of still life!Continue reading “The History of the Still Life”