From Julie Grahame’s interview with Lori Nix for Photography & Architecture:
Lori Nix has been building dioramas and photographing them with an 8 x 10 view camera since the early 1990s. Along with her partner, Kathleen Gerber, they make almost everything in each scene by hand, in miniature, at home in Brooklyn, NY. The dioramas have ranged from 20 inches up to six feet, and take several months to build. Her work has always been heavily influenced by extreme weather, and disaster films. Her current series, ‘The City,’ (2005-2013), imagines post-apocalyptic, urban scenes. I was curious what relationship Lori had to real-life architecture.
P&A: You’ve said in other interviews that your early work included room-size constructions, but have you ever photographed real buildings?
LN: No, I’ve never photographed real buildings. The most real would have been when I photographed the Manhattan skyline from Brooklyn Bridge Park, or from Long Island City. These images were used as backgrounds in a video project. When I need buildings for my art work backgrounds, I set up models and photograph them. I just prefer to stay in my apartment rather than dragging camera equipment across and throughout the city. I’m not really a control freak, more a “convenience” freak.