In 2010 in the UK, roughly one person got killed by a gunshot for each million of the population. In the US the equivalent figure was 32 people per million. Apparently, as many as 55 million households in the US own at least one gun.
Fear is doubtless one of the primary drivers in this particular arms race, but the 'right to bear arms' is enshrined in America's constitution and there can be little doubt that many Americans love their guns.
The latest issue of Useful Photography magazine features a large selection of portraits specifically produced for US gun enthusiasts to shoot at.
Perhaps these carefully choreographed images of terrorists, hijackers, armed robbers, psychopaths and other assorted crazies offer us a glimpse into the mindset of the National Rifle Association and their friends ("food, fellowship, fun and firearms") whose grand mission is "to preserve the 2nd Amendment and surround its' blessings with impenetrable protection in perpetuity".
Yet again, Useful Photography Magazine has collected a series of photographs that were produced with little or no artistic ambition and for a singular practical purpose and presents them in an alternative context, offering us new insights into the modern world.
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Friday, 13 September 2013
As ever, I give plenty of advance notice about what's going on - NOT!! Apologies, but herewith news about a show that closes on Sunday and another event that is happening just over this weekend. If you can get to Prishtina in Kosovo, you have a bit more time!
Work from the Classroom Portraits series is showing in 2 group exhibitions and in a special event at the Ministry of Education in Paris:
I SEE EUROPE
Gallery Kunstbezirk Gustav-Siegle-Haus
16 August - 15 September
PHOTOGRAPHY AND THE OTHER
The National Gallery of Kosovo, Pristina
13 September - 13 October 2014
PORTRAITS DE CLASSE
The Ministry of Education in Paris is opening it's doors to the general public this weekend, 14th and 15th September and is exhibiting a selection of Classroom Portraits throughout the building.
Ministry of Education
110, rue de Grenelle, Paris
14 - 15 September