Classic Photos: The Warped Reality of Robert Funk

Long before the present day, when every image seems to be Photoshopped, Robert Funk was creating surreal images that bent reality without even leaving it. The previously New York based photographer captured images around the world in the 70’s, juxtaposing real life with toys, miniatures, paintings, cutouts & “plastic thingies.” He pioneered the photography of toys, an unusual subject for the time, and was featured in many magazines of the day including Popular Photography. Often his images used large flat cut-outs of magazines or even his own art, interacting with the environment around them while their shiny surfaces reflected the surrounding light. His work took him around the world, sometimes seeing him haul large cut-outs in his luggage or creating new ones on location.