Brian McCarty’s Toy Photography

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I have been admiring Brian McCarty’s toy photographs for a while now and thought I would try and point a few people to his work. Brian does stuff with toys that will take you back to your youth, which is why I love his stuff and why you should as well. A little about Mr. McCarty:

Brian McCarty is a Memphis-born toy photographer and director/producer. Working with toys for over 15 years, McCarty’s unique and innovative vision has attracted a huge international following. His postmodern integration of concept and character has earned McCarty’s photography a prominent position in the growing Urban Vinyl / Art-Toy movement, popularized by fellow artists such as Takashi Murakami and Brian “KAWS” Donnelly. McCarty is featured in several books chronicling the artistic movement such as Vinyl Will Kill, Dot Dot Dash, and Toys: New Designs from the Art-Toy Revolution.

McCarty earned his BFA from Parsons School of Design in New York City and then studied at the creative research centre Fabrica in Treviso, Italy. After returning to the states and working in-house for companies such as Mattel, McCarty founded his own studio and made it a focal point for artistic and commercial collaboration with others from the Art-Toy world. This body of work has earned notable praise from such places as L’Uomo Vogue, ABC World News, and XLR8R Magazine. His commercial photography roster has grown to include pop-culture clients such as Rockstar Games, MTV, and Cartoon Network.

In addition to new fine art and commercial projects, McCarty regularly contributes work to renowned art and pop-culture magazine Hi Fructose as a Photographer-at-Large. He is also working on a collection of his Art-Toy photography to be published by Baby Tattoo Books in early 2010.

See more of his work at:
McCarty PhotoWorks & Flickr


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