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I have had a life-long love affair with dollhouse miniatures, and careers in art education and interior design. I hope to combine these life experiences to help other miniature enthusiasts get more out of this wonderful hobby we enjoy, a hobby that often reaches the level of an art form. Susan Downing

Posted on 11 May, 2016


1900s Photo Studio found on BoredPanda

Ali Alamedy’s Dioramas

Ali Alamedy’s dioramas are amazing; his life story even more so. Here are some highlights in his own words:

“I Built A Miniature 1900s Photo Studio In Honor Of An Old Photographer

‘I spent 9 months working on the studio using hundreds of meters of wood and lots of other materials like plastic, copper, paper, etc. I built more than 100 miniature objects all designed and built according to that era. All the objects were made from scratch. There were lots of challenges especially when I was doing the research. I could find only a few pictures from old studios all in white and black.


1900s Photo Studio Desk

‘So I had to read about photography and a photographer at that time trying to figure out what tools, techniques, styles or colors they used in their studios. The hardest part was how to recall the spirit of such place on a small scale. After reading lots of articles, watching hundreds of photos, and doing a huge research, I could build a typical studio to the old day’s studios in recognition of an old photographer.

‘When a budding artist has a burning desire to create a vignette, they don’t let the lack of building materials stop them. This was exactly what happened to me when I started to make miniatures. I used any resources I could scrounge: aluminum foil, paper clips, plastic rods, foam board, coffee for weathering; anything that held possibilities.

‘Born in Karbala, about 100km from Baghdad, I spent my childhood with my mother and aunt. My father had been imprisoned as a dissident by the Saddam Hussein regime, so I retreated to my love for art and reading for solace. As the tales I read seemingly came to life, I envisioned each scene in my head as it unfolded. I bought my first computer when I was sixteen and began my search for 3D software.


1900s Photo Studio Bellows Camera

‘When I started making miniatures, I knew nothing about them. I was searching the web for resources and stumbled upon the word ‘miniatures’ and got surprised to discover how many miniature makers were out there. I started looking for tutorials and posted the results of my work on Facebook. My work attracted many people from around the world and in a very short time I got more than 2,000 friends and followers.”

Here’s a link to Ali’s Facebook page


Reading these lines makes me grateful for all that I have and the peace I enjoy.

Susan Downing

P.S. There are more of Ali Alamedy’s dioramas and vignettes on Behance.

And you might be interested in an article I wrote on very unusual dioramas: The Crime Scene Miniatures

Posted by Susan Downing

Categories: dioramas

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