LA Gun Club by Jane Hilton
I have had a love affair with American culture for 25 years. Particularly with the American West which is fuelled by the American dream. From the working girls of Nevada and wedding couples in Las Vegas, to cowboys and Native Americans. This country has never failed to engage me and show me a side to life that challenges all my preconceptions. It has always provided me and my camera with an endless source of inspiration.
LA Gun Club is a continuation of this exploration. Having visited the indoor shooting range in downtown Los Angeles, I was captivated by the experience. It is the home of a legal pastime that allows individuals to shoot live ammunition at target posters with a variety of guns from a Colt .45 to a Kalashnikov AK47. No experience is necessary, you just have to be over ten years of age.
This project is an attempt to understand a culture that is ruled by the second amendment of the US constitution: 'the right of the people to keep and bear arms'. I interviewed a cross-section of the gun club community, from a brain surgeon to a couple on a 'date night', and photographed their individual 'shot' target posters.
Hardcover: 36 pages / 260 x 340 mm
Edition of 100 Copies
Published 13th May 2016