Elgin Park: The Realistic Miniature Car/Town Models Gets a Book

Since we’ve last interviewed Michael Paul Smith about his Elgin Park project, he’s been busy with a photo book for Elgin Park. Now it has been announced by Prestel Publishing that the 144-page book is coming in May 2011. The book features Michael Paul Smith’s realistic town/car photos with essays written by Gail K. Ellison. Check out the photos that made him an internet phenomenon.

The imagined city of Elgin Park, a magically realistic evocation of a mid-century American town, has captured the hearts of millions of web visitors and now appears in book form.

You won’t find the town of Elgin Park on a map, but you will find it all over the web and in the media. Called an “Internet phenomenon” by the New York Times, Michael Paul Smith’s Flickr site has received over 20 million hits since he first posted his convincing yet dreamlike photographs of an imaginary town, inspired by the small Pennsylvania one he grew up in. Viewers of all ages from across the world will respond to the memories and feelings evoked by his perfectly executed miniature street scenes with model vintage cars, which are photographed outdoors against actual backgrounds. Without digital manipulation, Smith creates wondrously realistic scenes, which are beautifully reproduced in this exquisite volume. Gail Ellison, a longtime colleague of the artist, explains Smith’s ingenious methods and also uncovers the themes of his art.


  • 144 pages with 125 illustrations, 105 in color
  • Hardcover
  • 7 ¾ x 9 ½ in.
  • $35.00
  • ISBN: 978-3-7913-4548-2
  • Publication date: May 2011
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