Texas Tech University

Debora Hunter: Shooting Blanks at the NRA

SRO Photo Gallery, October 03 - November 10, 2019

Debora Hunter
Above: Untitled, from the series "Shooting Blanks at the NRA" (2018) archival inkjet print, 24 x 31.5 inches.

Shooting Blanks at the NRA is a photographic series that presents sniper-like shootings of participants of the 2018 National Convention in Dallas. To explore the intersection of gun rights advocacy and freedom of expression, Debora Hunter has used the gunsight of the camera's viewfinder to "shoot" photographs as metaphorical stand-ins for the 58 concertgoers on the Las Vegas Strip, the 5 police officers in downtown Dallas, the 9 congregants in Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the 17 students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida and other recent mass shootings.

Hunter earned a BA in English literature from Northwestern University and an MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design. She is Professor Emerita of the Meadows School of Art, Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas.

Debora Hunter
Above: Untitled, from the series "Shooting Blanks at the NRA" (2018) archival inkjet print, 24 x 31.5 inches.