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How are the “I Spy” books made?

Toys, knick nacks, school supplies, forest treasures, and much more, all meticulously arranged into highly detailed scenes. This is the work of photographer and photo-illustrator Walter Wick, who, author Jean Marzollo, are the creators of the I Spy book series.

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How does Wick pack so many hidden objects into the themed books? This Insider video talks with him about the technology and creativity behind some of the most popular search-and-find images from our childhoods.

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His new book A Ray of Light also uses his illustrative photographs to teach kids about the principles of light.

Next, watch Photography, from camera obscura to camera phone and The Evolution of the Book on this site. Plus: More videos about photographers and more toy videos.

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