Much Loved

Much Loved

Book - 2013
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Award-winning Dublin-based portrait photographer Mark Nixon has created a wonderful, whimsical and nostalgic collection of images of individual stuffed animals that have been lovingly abused from years of play. "The well-worn toys show battle scars of being the prized possessions of children and cherished companions that have seen many a repair as different parts start wearing down," says Nixon. An exhibit in the photographer's professional studio led to a small sensation on the Internet when a few of the images circulated unofficially on scores of blogs and on many legitimate news sites. Viewers have been intrigued by these funny, bittersweet images and their ironic juxtaposition of childhood innocence and aged, loving wear & tear. When you see these teddy bears and bunnies with missing noses and un-done stuffing, you can't help but think back to childhood and it earliest companions who asked for nothing and gave a lot back. MuchLoved includes sixty 4-colour portraits along with an accompanying background story for each animal.
Publisher: New York, Abrams Image,, 2013.
ISBN: 9781419710124
Characteristics: iv, 124 pages : colour illustrations ; 24 cm.

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ArapahoeLesley Jul 06, 2018

Lovely. I would like to contribute my decade old snowman, Frosty, given to me by my sister on a visit from college when I lost my handy travel pillow. Frosty traveled the world with me, always providing a soft place to rest my head. He is elderly and threadbare now and for his sake he got to retire a number of years ago and he enjoys hanging out with the cats and watching fishing programs.

JCLJackieS Jul 05, 2018

The toys documented in this book exude the love of the children who owned them. Some appear sad, but, as the Skin Horse in The Velveteen Rabbit says, "Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand."

OLATHEAllisonB Sep 15, 2017

This book documents the history of one of the iconic symbols of childhood: the teddy bear/beloved stuffed animal. A sweet collection of photographs highlights beloved toys from Europe, along with short vignettes written by their owners. Turning each page and seeing how worn and torn the toys had become reminded me of this quote from Margery Williams Bianco's "The Velveteen Rabbit:" "Generally, by the time you are Real, most of your hair has been loved off, and your eyes drop out and you get loose in the joints and very shabby. But these things don't matter at all, because once you are Real you can't be ugly, except to people who don't understand." Accordingly, "Much Loved" is indeed for those who understand how very Real a stuffed childhood companion can be.

ontherideau Aug 03, 2016

Much Loved by Irish photographer Mark Nixon is a visual essay of stuffed animals- stuffed with love I think. While these stuffies; bears, dogs and giraffes among them, were no doubt adorable once upon a time, now they could put fear into the heart of a young child. What makes one stuffie so loved while another finds itself under shoes in the closet?
Prepare for a giggle and maybe a little heart ache.

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BloomFree
Aug 30, 2014

Snapshot short stories deliver a very human rich mix of sorrow, delight, distance and enduring Love.

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stephaniedchase
Mar 16, 2014

A charming look at how our childhood teddy bears demonstrate the depth of pure love and devotion. A lovely quick read.

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