Renown for her portraits and landscapes of the American West, Jane Hilton’s new body of work continues her exploration of American culture and Americana through one of the country’s most controversial pursuits, the Gun Club. Hilton visited the L.A. Gun Club in downtown Los Angeles and was captivated by the experience. It is the home of a legal pastime that allows individuals to shoot live ammunition at target posters with guns such as a Colt .45 or an AK47.
Each participant can select from over a hundred target posters which range from minimalist human forms to cartoon bad guys. Hilton has documented the remains of these unique ’shot’ target posters that were made by a cross section of the community from a brain surgeon to a couple on a ‘date night’, which provide a snapshot of the attitudes towards guns, gun use and gun ownership in America.
Jane Hilton’s work has been published in two major books, Dead Eagle Trail and Precious. Her work has been exhibited at the Jerwood Gallery, Hastings, as part of the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize, The National Portrait Gallery, London and The New Art Gallery, Walsall. Her documentary photography has been featured in major print publications including The Telegraph, The Sunday Times and The Observer. To see the series in full, visit our online exhibitions page here, or to see more of Jane’s work, and for sizes and prices, please click here.