WAR-TOYS Project Needs Support to Continue Documenting Children Making Art in War Zones

We recently posted about a powerful photo essay and documentary project by photographer Brian McCarty called WAR-TOYS. Brian has traveled to various Middle East war zones to photograph and film children making art about their experiences growing up in turmoil. He has now begun a fundraising campaign on Kickstarter to help continue his efforts there.

Completing WAR-TOYS will not be possible without your support. For the project, I must travel to areas of conflict and immerse myself in diverse communities, working with humanitarian organizations to observe and collaborate with local children. It will take more time and resources than most independent artists can bear.

Every $20,000 that I’m able to raise buys me approximately three weeks of time in the Middle East to work. While it’d be amazing to raise enough to complete the twelve week project in one, extended trip, I’ll be grateful for any opportunity to continue my work one step at a time.

I believe in this project, enough to empty my savings, max-out credit cards, and put wedding plans on hold.

Brian has worked with package designer Hugh Brown to create a wonderful limited-edition series of incentive folios for donating to the Kickstarter campaign.

…the folios are housed in surplus, French military medical kits, specially repurposed. Each one is unique, inside and out. Their heavy steel cases have been filled with pieces of 7200 plastic army men, suspended in resin to form shelves for the archival prints. Each print from the edition of 50 is signed and numbered on the back. Each folio case is numbered with an engraved metal plate and includes a Certificate of Authenticity.

Rusty Blazenhoff
Rusty Blazenhoff