Thursday, October 28, 2010

The Shooting Gallery


1973


Shooting yearly self-portraits is nothing new to photography, but a rather extraordinary series has just been discovered and published in The Netherlands in a book titled "Almost Every Picture #7". Starting in 1936, the then 16-year-old Ria van Dijk went into a shooting gallery - one of those fair booths where every time you hit the target it triggers a camera shutter and you win a portrait of yourself in firing pose.

This series documents almost every year of Van Dijk's life (there is a conspicuous pause from 1939 to 1945) up until present times. But at the age of 88, Ria van Dijk is still shooting!


1936. The picture that started it off.



1938



1949



1958



1967



1989



2006


11 comments:

Jeanette said...

For some reason I'm not willing to investigate, This thrills the living hell out of me.

Joe Holmes said...

Starting in 1936?! That's incredible. I have to say, carnivals looked so much more appealing back when they were black and white.

Anonymous said...

Call me crazy but I think one day a grad student will write a thesis on guns, violence and Western colonialism and use these pics as illustrations. I know it is suppose to be all fun and games but I just get an creepy undercurrent looking at these shots (pun intended.)

Gypmar said...

That's just fantastic.

Srinivas Kuruganti said...

I saw this exhibition in Arles a few months back.
It was quite extraordinary.

leslie said...

These are incredible!

Anonymous said...

excellent, go granny!

Felicity said...

This is awesome! And I love your blog!

Kimberley said...

what's also interesting is who is watching her in the background. the girl to the left with the two buns in her hair, for example.

shararehali said...

wooow, this really caught my eye!

Anonymous said...

I look forward to starting this with my seven year old boy at the fair this Summer. WOW!