|"Past Joys" by Ken Botto; Lady in Convertible, Tin wind-up, Japan ca. 1949|
Ken Botto created and photographed miniature tableaux using his remarkable toy collection, unique props, and found objects. "A hopeless collector," Mr. Botto wrote in a 2000 biographical statement, "and like an urban anthropologist, I have spent much of my life rooting and sifting through the debris of our culture. Objects found through this process serve as catalysts and vehicles of possibility when reconstructing the environments that I set up to photograph." He passed away in 2008.