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GABRIELE GALIMBERTI

(ITALY)

PHOTOGRAPHY

 

DETAILS

Print 3 out of 10 on canvas (aluminum framed and non-reflective glass)
H 105 cm x W140 cm (H39.37 x W55.11 inches) 

2019

 

DESCRIPTION

The Black Rambo 85 Schiever Louisiana (in the background, Allen Craff, Tyrone Cathen, James J. Herbert) Every day, nearly six hundred thousand people wait for Torrell Jasper to appear on Instagram and show off one of his guns.

 

To find him, just type in "Black Rambo," a nickname he's extremely proud of, and make sure you don't end up on his son's account by mistake (at 18, he's already trying to make a name for himself on social media). Torrell, now :35, learned to shoot from his father as a child.

 

A former Marine, he spent a few years in war zones, "where pulling the trigger and hitting the target was a question of life or death." Now, back in civilian life and working as an A/C systems installer, Torrell, a.k.a. Black Rambo, mostly just has fun with his guns.

 

People have fun watching him, too. About a hundred different manufacturers of firearms and related paraphernalia have, over the years, asked him to use and promote their products, and he loves being the center of attention at least as much as he loves owning a flamethrower.

 

"There are no weapons I would ban ordinary citizens from owning, but if I had to name one, well, a bazooka isn't really something you need," he admits. That said, he has no fear that an item in his arsenal might be dangerous for his young children or for any of his many followers.

 

"It's not guns that hurt people, it's the people holding the guns." I couldn't say which weapon is my favorite. I can't choose just one. I love them all. That's why I buy so many. 

 

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."

 

BIOGRAPHY

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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BLACK RAMBO (85) SCHIEVER LOUISIANA

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