Farewell to Arms
ABOUT THE EXHIBIT
Last December, Newtown, Connecticut experienced severe tragedy, when 26 people were gunned down at Sandy Hook Elementary School. 20 of them were small children, 5 and 6 years old. Without warning, hundreds of lives were changed forever. For the people of Newtown, this nightmare is still very present, it is happening right now. The wounds are open and bleeding, and the trauma continues daily. For most people, however, the massacre is something that happened in the news last year. People have moved on.
There have been almost 2 mass shootings each month since 2009. These are only some of the shootings among the 289 people shot every day. One person is killed every 17 minutes, and it's getting worse. 2013 has claimed the most mass shootings in one year. Every time this happens, complete devastation consumes countless families. And it's going to happen again. And, again. It's not going to stop, because the system hasnít been modified. We live in a world completely desensitized to guns and violence. Itís a world where 2 massacres occur each month and itís still possible to forget about them. We need change.
We need to re-sensitize. If the sight of a child holding a deadly weapon disturbs you, it's an emotion worth exploring. If it doesn't disturb you, itís worth exploring even more. We urgently need to turn the up volume on this conversation.
How many more people need to die? How many families need to suffer? For the future to change, we must remember our past. Consider these images a desperate plea from our children to please make this violence stop.
After all, we deserve the right to send our children to school without the fear of never seeing them again.
ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER
Greg Cohen is an editorial photographer focused on portrait and documentary projects. His stories include orphans in Cambodia, animal adoption in the US and the universal magic of ice cream. There is a humanness to his imagery, connecting diverse people through their undeniable similarities; exploring the strange and familiar simultaneously. His work finds truth and pathos in the experiences of his subjects and the landscapes that surround them. Originally from Newtown, Connecticut, Greg currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two year old son.
ABOUT THE GALLERY
The Perfect Exposure Gallery is the recognized venue in Southern California to display the work of award winning and accomplished photojournalists as well as works of photographers that regard artistry and craftsmanship as a standard of excellence. The mission of the Perfect Exposure Gallery is to present exhibits free of charge to the general public with the following goals to exemplify the rich variety and impact of photography, freedom of expression, a forum for the aesthetic, the contemptible and the sublime.
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 12th 2013, 6-9pm
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