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Print 3 out of 10 on canvas (aluminum framed and non-reflective glass)
H 60 cm x W80 cm (H23.62 x W31.49 inches) 




For Gabriele The JOEL 44 LYNNE 43 PAIGE 5 JOSHUA 11 (Joel, Lynne, Paige and Joshua (44, 43, 5 and 11 years old) ) means that - central Texas "Compulsive buyers and serial collectors." That is how Joel and Lynne, married 18 years and the owners of a company that deals in jewelry, define themselves.


He loves watches, motorcycles and remote-control cars, but she adores collecting firearms. She doesn't know exactly how many she owns—between 150 and 170 is the ballpark figure—because she doesn't buy them whole. "I enjoy building them and modifying them myself. I always have a bunch of pieces lying around.


Then suddenly I'll realize I've got, say, sixty percent of a Clock. I could sell off the individual parts, but that wouldn't be any fun. Better to buy another part and have one more gun!" Their son Josh has inherited her enthusiasm.


At 11 years old, he walks around the house with a handgun he built on his own—you can see it in the photo—using pieces he picked out from an online catalogue. His little sister, Paige, who is 5, can only shoot with parental supervision, for now.


She doesn't yet have a gun of her very own. She will soon though, in keeping with tradition, as Lynne explains. "My passion really runs in the family. My parents taught me to shoot at my grandparents' ranch.


I remember my grandma chasing after me when I was going out, saying, 'Take this gun or you're not going anywhere" It's always been a lot of fun, a sort of competition between the different generations: Who could shoot best? Excellent! I'm a better shot than my mom!


I bought my first gun when I was in college. It was a Paintball Shotgun. Before that, I used my parents' guns.


For Gabriele "Half of all the firearms in the world that are owned by private citizens for non-military purposes are in the United States of America. The overall number, indeed, exceeds the Country’s population: 400 million weapons for 328 million people. This is not a coincidence, nor is it a market-related issue: it is rather a matter of “tradition” and constitutional guarantee established with the Second Amendment, ratified in 1791. This law reassures the inhabitants of the newly independent territories that their Federal Government would not be able, one day, to abuse its authority over them, and they are guaranteed the right to bear arms.

Two hundred and fifty years later, the Second Amendment is still ingrained in all aspects of American life.

Gabriele Galimberti has travelled to every corner of the United States – from New York City to Honolulu – to meet proud gun owners and photograph them and their weapons.
He has photographed people and guns in their homes and neighbourhoods, even in places where no one would expect to find such arsenals.


These often disturbing portraits, together with the accompanying stories based on interviews, provide an unexpected and uncommon view of what the institution of the Second Amendment really represents today."


Gabriele Galimberti statement



Gabriele Galimberti, born in 1977, is an Italian photographer who lives in Milano and Val di Chiana (Tuscany), where he was born and raised. He has spent the last few years working on long-term documentary photography projects around the world, some of which have become books, such as Toy Stories, In Her Kitchen, My Couch Is Your Couch, The Heavens and The Ameriguns.


Gabriele’s job consists mainly of telling the stories, through portraits and short stories, of people around the world, recounting their peculiarities and differences, the things they are proud of and the belongings with which they surround themselves; social media, in all its forms, is a fundamental part of the research needed to get in touch, discover and produce those stories.


Gabriele committed to documentary photography after starting out as a commercial photographer and after joining the artistic collective Riverboom. Gabriele still works with commercial photography and he’s also currently working on personal projects, as well as on assignments for international magazines and newspapers such as National Geographic, Stern, Geo, Le Monde, Corriere, La Repubblica, Internazionale and Marie Claire.
His pictures have been exhibited in shows worldwide, such as the well known Le Rencontres de la Photographie (Arles), Festival Images in Vevey, Switzerland, and the renowned V&A museum in London; they have won the several prizes including the Premio GRIN 2020, the APP Prize 2020 and the Best In Show prize at the New York Photography Festival. Gabriele won the WORLD PRESS PHOTO 2021 (portrait category) with his project THE AMERIGUNS. Gabriele became a National Geographic photographer in 2016 and he regularly works for the magazine.


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