‘Art-Toys’ Book of Toy Photography by Brian McCarty


“Art-Toys” is a new book featuring the amazing toy photography of Los Angeles photographer Brian McCarty.

Art-Toys is a massive collection of Brian McCarty’s meticulously composed photographs that uniquely chronicle the Art-Toy movement. For six years, McCarty worked alongside a host of international artists, photographing their toy characters in actual locations ranging from the Grand Canyon to Times Square. The resulting photos are sometimes dark, often funny, and always hinting at a deeper story. The moments that McCarty manufactures in front of the camera feel real, as if he’s simply documenting the day-to-day lives of toys.

Laughing Squid: Decade 2 Poster by Brian McCarty

In 2006 Brian shot the wonderful squid attacking a submarine photo for our Laughing Squid: Decade 2 poster.

Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale founded Laughing Squid in 1995 in San Francisco and is currently based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.