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.
How Toy Photography has Changed Over Time: 1898 to Present Day
Toy photography, in large part, has followed the same trends as photography as a whole and art of other mediums over the years. Here's the brakdown. Updated 7/7/2021 Early Photography Albert Smith and James Stuart Blackton, Raising Old Glory Over Morro Castle, 1898Bombardment of Matanzas, Edward H. Amet, 1898Death in the Air, Wesley David Archer,... Continue Reading →
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 December 27, 2020] 1898 Albert Smith & James Stuart Blackton 1898 Edward H. Amet 1912 Adolph de Meyer... Continue Reading →
The goal of this dolls' house, that then became a subject of numerous photographs was to modernize dollhouses. This was something that hadn't apparently been done much at the time. To top it all off, you could purchase an art collection for your mini home, complete with little prints from Laurie Simmons herself and her art friends, such as, Cindy Sherman, and Barbara Kruger.
The History of Toy Photography
The original text of this article has been modified 3/21/2019. I want to discuss the history of the use of miniatures and toys in photographic works. I've seen a lot lately, listing artists from the 2010s as being founders of the field, and while they're great artists, I think we all need to look back... Continue Reading →