The Secret Arts: Toy Photography - Atlas Obscura Experiences

The Secret Arts: Toy Photography

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What We’ll Do

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One of Atlas Obscura's favorite online experiences, The Secret Arts, where we invite some of the world’s rarest experts and artisans to share the hidden knowledge of their singular craft, is back! Each edition of The Secret Arts features a different craftsperson in discussion with host, Roux Bedrosian. Unlike more instructional events, we'll explore some of the key lessons and discoveries our guest has made over the years, how you might try your hand at their unique skill yourself, and answer your questions live! Join us, and take a step into the unknown realm of The Secret Arts!

During this show, we're going to be talking with toy photographer Mitchel Wu! Mitchel’s photographs aren’t the static, staid shots you’d find in a catalog, but rather action-packed scenes that convey a story. His images are infused with a sense of adventure, movement, and emotion. In this interview, we’ll hear how Mitchel first discovered the fascinating world of toy photography, learn about the behind-the-scenes magic that makes his subjects come to life, and find out how you can get started in the art of story-based toy photography! 

About Mitchel Wu

With a degree in illustration from the California College of the Arts, Mitchel spent the first half of his career working as a product design and development lead for major entertainment and consumer products companies. He has created products for The Walt Disney Company, Warner Bros, Sony Pictures, Lucasfilm, Cirque Du Soleil and others. His background in designing products within the pop culture sphere set the stage for what he would accomplish later in toy photography.

Based in Los Angeles, Mitchel is the founder of Mitchel Wu Toy Photography. Clients include The Walt Disney Company, Marvel Entertainment, Sony Pictures Funimation, Warner Bros, Hasbro, Mattel and others.  His work has been featured extensively in print, online and on TV. Mitchel can be seen in the documentary series, "Marvel's 616, Unboxed" currently streaming on Disney+.  

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About Your Host
Roux Bedrosian
Roux Bedrosian

Greetings! I’m Roux Bedrosian, an NJ based vocalist, musician, writer, and pop-culture enthusiast. When I’m not moderating exciting and thought-provoking events on behalf of Atlas Obscura, you’ll often find me performing at local venues, writing original fiction and poetry, or lending my voice to studio projects. Over the course of my young career, I’ve had the privilege of collaborating with some pretty interesting folks – including the creative geniuses over at The Game Theorists and ShoddyCast.

By visiting, you’ll get a taste of the different things I do! You can also check out my acoustic duo, ROUVAN, on Facebook! PS – I put out a new #60SecondCover video on Instagram every Friday (@harleyroux).

What Else You Should Know

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