WAR-TOYS photographs - art directed by children from Syria, Lebanon, Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza Strip - have been published by media outlets around the world in over a dozen languages. As intended, the project presents universally understood accounts of war while drawing attention to the individual children and communities who have been affected by armed conflict.
The simplicity of the photographs is instantly affecting, particularly when they include modern-looking toys in garish, man-made colors set against violent backgrounds.
- Soraya Nadia McDonald. Washington Post. December 2015
Brian McCarty’s work might seem ironically playful at a first glance. But though the photographer uses toys as his subject matter, his work is a sincere examination of trauma.
- Nastia Voynovskaya. Hi Fructose. October 2013
McCarty's striking images place the audience at ground level, belly in the dirt alongside the artist and his camera. His art invites viewers to consider how a child playing in the street might witness these horrific scenes of war.
- Jess Kwong. Refinery29. December 2015
With simple toys and drawings, the War-Toys project explores the daily struggles of Palestinian and Israeli children through their own eyes, with the help of local humanitarian organizations.
- Asieh Namdar. CNN. October 2011