Brian McCarty (born July 22, 1974) is a contemporary artist and photographer known for his work with toys. McCarty’s approach is based upon integrating toy characters into real-life situations through the use of forced perspective in carefully crafted scenes. Preferring to work in-camera and without compositing, McCarty creates his photographs by sometimes traveling to exotic locations, including active war zones. Although grounded in reality, because of his use of wit and whimsy, McCarty’s work is often associated with the Art-Toy, Lowbrow, and Pop Surrealist movements.
McCarty attended Parsons School of Design (1992–1996) and earned a BFA in photography. While at Parsons in 1993, he began work on a photographic series titled The Dollhouse. For the series McCarty constructed a toy hyperreality and used the simulacra of family to explore modern living. The Dollhouse received notable praise – earning a spot in the traveling exhibition Making It Real, curated by Vik Muniz.