Everything’s the same. Chairs, portraits on the wall, a hand drawn background for those posing, and, of course, a camera. The only difference? The size. This is the world’s smallest replica of a photo studio from early the 1900s.
Turkey-based artist Ali Alamedy had already spent seven years working on his passion of building miniatures, when he discovered a photo of a studio belonging to 19th century photographer Charles Miner. In Miner’s time, photo studios relied on natural light from a glass roof, which inspired Alamedy to rebuild the whole studio in a mini 1:12 scale.
It took him over nine months to create the more than 100 little objects to perfectly mimic the era’s design. Thanks to photos of the studio, he was able to recreate the setting, but he had to spend time researching other details, since all the photos were in black and white.
However, one of the hardest challenges was not capturing the hues, but making the camera itself, as each fold is small even in real life—only 1.2 inches (3 cm). The replica has 124 folds of only 0.08 inches (2 mm) each—all carefully created by hand.
All images via Alamedy Diorama