19th Century Photo Studio Built in 1:12 Scale.



Absolutely astonishing work by Ali Alamedy.

Turkey-based artist Ali Alamedy had been building miniature sets for seven years when he came across documentation of Charles Miner’s photography studio from the early 1900s. Inspired by the way sunlight was used to illuminate studio sets, Alamedy decided to build his own version in 1:12 scale. The project took him over nine months, using hundreds of feet of wood, and building more than 100 miniature objects designed specifically to fit the era.

Due to few images being available of photography studios at that time, Alamedy read extensively to figure out what tools, techniques, styles, and colors were used within the studios (all images were in black and white). One of the hardest challenges during the completion of the model was the camera, as each fold in the bellow in real life is just 3 cm. The final 1:12 scale camera has 124 2 mm folds that were all meticulously created by hand.

Via Colossal Art, where there are many more photos of Alamedy’s work.


  1. rq says

    This is incredible, the concentration, application and sheer physicality of the fine motor skills involved for that level of tiny detail!

  2. says

    He doesn’t have a posing brace, or a ground-stopper collodion bottle (thank goodness, or I’d have swooned!)

    The camera’s quite a piece of work but the focusing mechanism isn’t quite right…

    Don’t get me wrong. I completely love this kind of thing and he did a great job.

    If you’re not familiar with the nutshell death dioramas (trigger: murder, blood) http://www.deathindiorama.com/

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