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Picture Show: Gun Ownership in Contemporary America

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is a central tenet of the American way of life. Yet it goes without saying that...

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is a central tenet of the American way of life. Yet it goes without saying that guns are incomparably polarizing objects. On one end of the spectrum, they represent freedom and safety; on the other they are symbols of needless violence. "The truth," notes the photographer Mark Ovaska, "is probably somewhere in the middle." In his ongoing photographic series "Guns in America," Ovaska turns his lens toward the complex culture of gun ownership—not as an exposé, but as nuanced effort to explore, as he puts it, "the many ways firearms are reflected in twenty-first century American life."

What follows is a selection from Mark Ovaska's "Guns in America."




























































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