Lori Nix's tabletop photography

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Artist Lori Nix builds incredibly detailed tabletop worlds and photographs them, from visions of disaster to glimpses of insect life. Her most recent collection, The City, depicts hyperreal decay and abandonment in an urban setting. It's currently on display at Randall Scott Gallery in Washington, DC. Seen here is a piece from that series, titled "Library." Link to Lori Nix's site, Link to Cool Hunting's behind-the-scenes video (Thanks, Lindsay Tiemeyer!)


  1. This reminds me of this Vergara photo of the
    Camden Library. I agree with Misteraitch Re: Corinne May Botz, whose book The Nutshell Studies of Unexplained Death is quite excellent.

  2. I thought something looked very odd about the photo. Just knowing her technique makes it un-enjoyable for me because, it looks so fake. Photchops look better. Schmeeeeeeeeeee!

  3. These are incredible. I can’t imagine how long it must take her to build each set. I’ve been wanting to do something like this for a long time with assorted dollhouses and stuff I’ve collected over the years…but, wow, this puts my ideas to SHAME!

    @#7 – I think you might be missing the point of the whole thing. “Photchops” does not look better.

  4. I wonder if I could commission Lori Nix to do a similar hyperreal decay and abandonment piece of artwork, set inside a megachurch…?

  5. FYI, Nix’s show at the Randall Scott Gallery apparently ended in December. I wrote to request a Tuesday appointment to see the work (I’ll be in town briefly, but they’re appointment-only on Tuesdays), and Mr Scott gave me the bad news.

    He did say they’ve got one or two still there, but the show itself is over.

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