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Brian McCarty
West Hollywood Based
Toy Photographer / Director / Producer
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A few months ago, I was surprised to learn that the Islamic State had appropriated and altered one of my photos from Gaza (left), turning it into propaganda (right). The inserted Arabic text reads, "Even if war destroys everything, the Islamic sign and state is protected and will never fall... Continue reading
Posted Sep 26, 2015 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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I was advised that the security situation in Tripoli was still too volatile to attempt photographing within affected areas of the city. Pulling out a camera in the wrong neighborhood, let alone attempting a toy setup, could cause trouble quickly and with little warning. Instead, I traveled back to the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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Even after extending my stay in Lebanon, I decided that there wasn't enough time to gather and articulate accounts from all of the various refugee and local populations affected by war. Lebanon is at the crossroads of so many conflicts that it's going to take multiple trips to represent the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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After the challenges of working near Tripoli, children at the Amel Community Center for Refugees in the Hareit Hreik neighborhood of Beirut were a breath of fresh air. Myra Saad conducted an art interview session with a group of Iraqi refugees, many of whom had been born in Lebanon. In... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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Over the last several years, Art Therapist Myra Saad has worked with boys at the Nader Association for Deliquent Enfant Rehabilitation in northern Lebanon. The center gives at-risk and marginalized boys a chance at normalcy, often their last chance. Many come from the streets and highly abusive environments. Some have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 29, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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I'm giving a talk next week at the American University in Beirut with Art Therapist Myra Saad: War and Toys: Seeing Conflict From a Childlike Perspective Talk and preview of new “War-Toys” work by Toy Photographer Brian McCarty accompanied by a discussion with Art Therapist Myra Saad about expressive therapies... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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On November 19th I traveled with art therapist Myra Saad and Kayany Foundation representative Firas Suqi to the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. Situated there on land rented from local farmers are a series of tent encampments housing recent Syrian refugees. Although a relatively new foundation, Kayany is only days away... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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The past many months have been so busy with commissioned work that I've been remiss about keeping the blog updated with some large developments around the WAR-TOYS project. I'm sorry that it's taken a quiet moment in Beirut for me to find the time. After years of work, I've begun... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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Long before now, I hoped to reveal plans for the next phase of the War-Toys Project, but it will be longer still before an announcement is ready. Eager as I am to get back into the field, there are opportunities brewing that I couldn't have foreseen. More than earning access,... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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I've been hard at work over the last several months - building new partnerships with humanitarian organizations, securing key funding, and preparing for the next phase of the project. I anticipate being able to announce upcoming travel plans and other exciting developments soon. Busy as it's been, I've been turning... Continue reading
Posted Apr 29, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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I’m very pleased to announce a partnership that will help further the educational goals of the WAR-TOYS Project. Beginning in 2015 and continuing through 2020, the NEA-funded Mid-America Arts Alliance will present a traveling exhibition of War-Toys photographs, drawings, and artifacts curated by Catinca Tabacaru. The exhibition titled War-Toys: Israel,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 21, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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Over the last several weeks, WAR-TOYS has received a growing amount of international press, from the US and France to Hungary and Hong Kong. Photos and children's drawings from the project have been published, blogged, and reblogged more times than I can count. I'm grateful that the work is being... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2014 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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On Thursday, December 5th at 7pm I'll be speaking at the Microsoft Auditorium inside the Seattle Central Library. The event is supported by The Seattle Public Library Foundation, author series sponsor Gary Kunis, media sponsor The Seattle Times, and presented in partnership with The Elliott Bay Book Company. Copies of... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2013 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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November 5th - 26th, the cutting-edge Peanut Underground Art Projects in NYC will host a preview exhibition of WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip. The show, curated by Catinca Tabacaru / Tinca Art, will feature a selection of recent work alongside the children’s drawings that served as art direction and... Continue reading
Posted Oct 22, 2013 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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On November 8th at 6:30pm, I’ll be giving a public presentation at The New School in New York City as part of an Expressive Therapies Summit. The event titled “Creative Transformations of Trauma” will include talks and performances by renowned artists who have similarly chosen to explore traumatic experiences with... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2013 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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The Chinese national magazine PhotoWorld ran an eight page feature on WAR-TOYS. I'm honored by the attention and the opportunity to share my collaborations with children from Israel and Palestine. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2013 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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I'm excited to announce that WAR-TOYS: Israel, West Bank, Gaza Strip will be released internationally on Tuesday, November 12th. Starting today, preorders may be made through shop.brianmccarty.com for both the regular and special editions. All proceeds fund the continued production of the WAR-TOYS project. The 80-page, fabric bound book includes... Continue reading
Posted Oct 8, 2013 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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The renowned V&A Museum of Childhood in London has published a selection of WAR-TOYS work in conjunction with an exhibition opening on May 25th. Titled "War Games," the show examines the material culture of war, reflected in toy artifacts from 1800 until today. It's a real honor to support the... Continue reading
Posted May 22, 2013 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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With a threat of icy roads and snow in Atlanta, I was truly flattered and amazed by the audience that came out for my talk at the Carter Presidential Library on Thursday. There were academics, activists, artists, authors, friends, and families. The questions and feedback I received were remarkable, especially... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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It’s been a little over a month since I returned from the Middle East, but I’ve yet to have an opportunity to really reflect on my six weeks there. Fatigue, jetlag, and the blur of the holidays did their best to keep me distracted. But it’s more than that. The... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2013 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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With the extra time I've had in Jerusalem, I was able to organize a shoot that fulfilled many wishes, both mine and some children's. Since my first trip, I've wanted to visit the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock, but access is extremely limited for non-Muslims. On most days,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2012 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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The last week has been so busy that I haven't had the time or energy to blog. The eight days of escalated conflict put me far behind schedule, and I was struggling to get everything done in time for my planned departure this past Sunday. On Tuesday, I once again... Continue reading
Posted Dec 3, 2012 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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Last week, on the first morning of the ceasefire, I traveled to the southern Israeli city of Sderot. Located within sight of the Gaza Strip, it has been in the cross-hairs of Palestinian militants who have fired thousands of Qassam rockets and mortars at the town since the Second Intifada. Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2012 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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The last week and a half has been full of human tragedy, and I'm glad to see it coming to an end, at least for a time. I hope that the reported truce takes hold and a lasting peace is made. While finalizing plans to visit shelters in Sderot tomorrow,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2012 at WAR-TOYS Blog
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It's been hard to watch the news and wait for whatever comes next. Seeing the death and destruction play out on live TV, I feel powerless. Hearing personal accounts from the friends I've made, I feel worried and guilty for not being there...and perhaps for the relief that I'm not.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2012 at WAR-TOYS Blog