The History of Toy Photography

The history of toy photography is just as long and winding as the history of the medium itself, dating all the way back to at least 1917 if not earlier. Today I’m going to talk about where toy photography lies within the genre, and the photographers that paved the path for what toy photography is today. Hope you enjoy!

Artists mentioned or shown in the video:
-Mark Hogancamp
-Ralph Eugene Meatyard
-Lori Nix & Kathleen Gerber
-Matthew Albanese
-Felix Hernandez Rodriguez
-Michael Paul Smith
-David Levinthal
-Laurie Simmons
-Arthur Tress
-Ellen Brooks
-Oscar G. Rejlander
-Henry Peach Robinson
-Duane Michaels
-Robert Kenneth Wilson
-Wesley David Archer
-Edward Weston
-Edwin Mayall
-David Octavius Hill
-Robert Adamson
-Henri Cartier-Bresson


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2 thoughts on “The History of Toy Photography

  • June 17, 2019 at 11:10

    That was great! A fascinating look at our history. Name-checked some of my favorite photographers, and turned me on to several I didn't know. I'm looking forward to the follow-up!

  • June 17, 2019 at 11:10

    I totally forgot to mention Dare Wright, author and photographic illustrator of the Lonely Doll series pushed from 1957 to 1981. Did I miss anyone else big?

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