Japanese Portrait Studio Creates Tiny 3D Sculptures Instead of 2D Photos

Omote 3D is a new “photo booth” that has popped up in the Harajuku district of Tokyo Japan. A project by creative studio PARTY, the booth differs from any other portrait studio you’ll find on Earth: instead of producing 2D portrait photos, it turns subjects’ images into small 3D figurines.

After walking in for your portrait session, you’ll be asked to stand still in front of a backdrop for 15 minutes while the “photographer” (or perhaps “sculptographer”) captures your appearance using a handheld 3D scanner.

Some post-processing work is then done on a computer (i.e. specifying hair color, texture, small details) before the 3D image is sent off to a 3D printer.

The resulting figurines are available in small, medium, and large sizes that measure 3.9 inches, 5.9 inches, and 7.9 inches, respectively.

Here are some more sample portraits created so far:

If you want your own 3D portrait session, you can visit the website to make an appointment. The photo booth will be open through January 14, 2013.

Be warned though: the shoots don’t come cheap. A individual small-sized portrait will cost you ~$264, while a group session with large figurines will set you back over a thousand bucks.

Omote 3D (via Laughing Squid)

  • kabummmm

    come back when it´s 10$ a figure….

  • Kelly

    I won’t lie, it would be pretty cool to have an action figure of myself.

  • Trueyemage

    It’ll be an app in 3 weeks.

  • Dillon Robinson

    neat idea but it’s still far too expensive

  • CrackerJacker

    I WANT ONE!!!

  • MikeAlgar42

    Both cool and odd. You should carry loads round and give them out as business cards.

  • Nathan Blaney

    Last year, a couple students at the school where I teach built a 3D printer from scratch. They did almost exactly the same thing. After printing up a chess set and some other stuff, they made portraits of the faculty. One of the other Art teachers used hers and one they did of her fiancé as decorations for their wedding cake!

  • Kelly

    That sounds like an excellent idea. Best investment EVER.

  • leeanne

    this machine ls from the 70’s with its leads & Robot face ;-[] And where is the before and after?