In his powerful WAR-TOYS series, photographer Brian McCarty collaborates with children in areas of conflict to help them share their firsthand experiences. Since 2011, Brian has been traveling to war zones and refugee camps to conduct art-based interventions with boys and girls under the care of various NGOs and UN agencies.
Children’s eyewitness accounts - relayed through drawings - serve as both art direction and inspiration. Brian recreates the children’s wartime memories in photographs that feature locally found toys as the stand-ins for civilians, armaments, and soldiers. He works within the camps and near the frontlines to recreate the children’s experiences through a filter of play. Yet there is nothing trivial about the work.
For more information, visit the project's website at wartoysproject.com