Award-winning photographer Mark Nixon has created a trove of quirky and nostalgic portraits of teddy bears and other stuffed animals that have been lovingly abused after years of play. Much Loved, which launched just last week, collects 60 of these images along with their accompanying background tales.
In a recent interview with Slate, Nixon mentions inspiration from photographer Irving Penn, whose still-life images transformed everyday objects like trash and food into art. Nixon remarks, “I just thought you could do the same thing with bears. You can take them and blow them up. It makes them iconic in a way. It gives them a presence or a gravity they don’t usually have.”
For more amazing photography, be sure to check out Mark’s work at the online links below.
1. Flopsie, age 6, height 14 inches
Belongs to Lua Spencer.
2. Edward, age 104, height 23 inches
Belongs to Melissa Nolan of the Dolls Hospital and Teddy Bear Clinic
3. Bobo, age 34, height 12 inches
Belongs to Shane Maher
4. Daddy Bunny, age 8, height 14 inches
Belongs to Zoe Bracken
5. Beary, age 6, height 12 inches
Belongs to Tom O’Connor Jr
6. Panda, age 50, height 16 inches
Belongs to Mark Nixon
7. Pink Teddy, age 24, height 13 inches
Belongs to Aisling Hurley
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