WAR-TOYS is a photo essay that uniquely explores the perspectives of children living in war zones using principles of play and art therapy. Girls and boys who have been affected by conflict become art directors for Brian McCarty's narrative photographs of locally available toys, placed and posed against war-torn locations to recreate witnessed events and shared fears. This first volume chronicles McCarty's collaborations over the course of two years with Israeli and Palestinian children. Working with humanitarian organizations including the United Nations Relief and Works Agency and the Israel Trauma Coalition, McCarty gathered children's firsthand accounts in classrooms, clinical settings, and even bomb shelters. Drawings that the boys and girls created are shown alongside the photographs they inspired, sometimes taken while fighting raged closeby. The resulting series provides powerful context for the children's accounts while documenting the playthings available in each area. These cheap, plastic arsenals mirror what children see everyday - in the news and on the streets. Introduction in English, Arabic, and Hebrew.
About the Author
Brian McCarty is a world renowned artist and toy industry veteran. His postmodern integration of concept and character has earned his photography a prominent position in the Art-Toy and Pop Surrealist movements. However, McCarty's work is more akin to reportage than photo-illustration and grounded in actual moments of time. McCarty's work has earned notable praise from such places as CNN, The New York Times, L'Uomo Vogue, and ABC World News. In addition to several years in-house at Mattel, McCarty has created commissioned work for Disney, Hasbro, MTV, Kidrobot, and Cartoon Network.
Judith A. Rubin, Ph.D. is a pioneer in the field of art therapy. She is the author of many books, including Child Art Therapy and The Art of Art Therapy. After her tenure as the "Art Lady" on Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, Judy has made numerous educational films, including Art Therapy Has Many Faces, Creative Healing in Mental Health, and Art Therapy: A Universal Language for Healing. Past President and Honorary Life Member of the American Art Therapy Association, Judy also served on the board of the Task Force On the Arts for The President's Commission on Mental Health.
Julia Byers is a full Professor of Expressive Arts Therapy and Mental Health Counseling at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Julia has provided workshops and lectures in crisis intervention and alternative therapies in fourteen different countries. She has spent twenty-three summers giving workshops and teaching courses in Palestine and Israel. Julia has provided psychosocial and educational support for asylum seekers and refugees from countries around the world. Julia has also authored numerous articles, chapters, and books on the use of the arts in counseling and therapy.