Oliver Peterson

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Oliver Peterson artist toy photographer with toys
Artist and toy photographer Oliver Peterson (aka @oliversees)

Oliver Peterson
Oliver Weymouth Peterson[1]

(1976-09-14) September 14, 1976 (age 47)
Alma materSchool of Visual Arts, BFA; Southampton College, MFA
Years active1999–present

Oliver Peterson (born September 14, 1976) is an American artist based in the Hamptons, Long Island, New York, US.


Peterson is a multimedia and collage artist whose work has been displayed at Southampton Arts Center in Southampton Village, New York, with the art collective Fresh Art Long Island;[2] at Ashawagh Hall in Springs, New York;[3] and Elisa Contemporary in Riverdale, New York,[4] among many more galleries.

In 2014, Peterson began practicing toy photography, the art of arranging and photographing action figures and other toys using dioramas or real-world landscapes as backgrounds, creating the illusion that the toys are life-size.[5] He joined the burgeoning community of toy photographers on Instagram using the handle @oliversees.[6] In 2016, toy company Hasbro chose one of Peterson's photographs of Star Wars figures to display at San Diego Comic-Con.[7] Peterson creates his own dioramas and makes his own props, and says, "I look at the world from 6-inch standpoint and make it work."[8]


  1. ^ "Aubrey Weymouth Peterson Obituary". Legacy.com. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  2. ^ "Two-Faced Friends". lipulse.com. June 30, 2014. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  3. ^ "Objects: A Two-Man Show With Ray Colleran And Oliver Peterson At Ashawagh Hall". hamptons.com. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  4. ^ "My Hero II – Back in the Bronx". artsy.net. Retrieved December 29, 2015.
  5. ^ "Artist Uses Photography, Toy Collection To Make Worlds And Art". 27east.com. December 15, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  6. ^ "oliversees Instagram". instagram.com. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  7. ^ "Toy Photography at ComicCon Features East End Artists". sagharborexpress.com. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
  8. ^ "Artist Shoots His Toy Collection to Recreate 'Star Wars' and Other Sci-Fi Scenes". fstoppers.com. December 20, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2020.