Lindsay McCrum

Chicks with Guns
by Lindsay McCrum
Publisher's Description
In Chicks with Guns, Lindsay McCrum has created a cultural portrait of women gun owners in America through photographs that are both beautiful and in a sense unexpected. The book explores an indelible part of our national identity, but is not thrown off balance by the natural suspicions and political ideology often associated with firearms. It examines issues of self-image and gender through the visual conventions of portraiture and fashion, but guns are presented here not as superimposed props but as the very personal lifestyle accessories of the subjects portrayed. And it defies stereotypes often associated with aspects of the popular culture of both guns and women.

For Lindsay McCrum, the artistic representation of this democratic notion, to bear arms, is not to seek out the lowest common denominator, but rather to treat each subject equally well. Like the 15–20 million women gun owners in this country, the women we meet in Chicks with Guns (their portraits are accompanied by their own words), reside in all regions of the country, come from all levels of society, and participate seriously in diverse shooting activities. The women here are sportswomen, hunters, and competition shooters. Some use guns on their jobs and some for self-defense. They may not all be classically beautiful, but in these photographs they all look beautiful, exuding honesty, confidence, poise, power and pride. They are real women with real guns that play a part in their lives.

In a fraught time of turbulence and transition in American life, by focusing her camera respectfully on this very particular aspect of the American scene, gun-wielding women and girls, Lindsay McCrum sheds new light on who we are in America today.
ISBN: 0865652759
Publisher: Vendome Press
Hardcover : 160 pages
Language: English
Dimensions: 9.5 x 12.2 x 0.9 inches
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