Publication date and place: May 2017, Sheffield, England
Format, binding: Softcover / Unbound
Size: 35 x 25 cm
Number of pages and images: 36 Pages / 41 Images
Type of printing and paper: Offset / Cyclus Offset 100gsm
Retail price: £12
Forty Six Guns takes Switzerland’s idiosyncratic and unassuming gun culture as both its genuine and ostensible subject. Having one of the highest rates of gun ownership per capita in the world, it is concurrently cited as one of the world’s safest countries to live in. Partly rooted in a militia structure of the armed forces, the vast majority of the military are composed of conscripts where personally assigned firearms are stored at home. Deeply embedded traditions of hunting, recreational and competitive shooting further an abundance of firearms throughout the country as well as establishing an active and widely embraced part of their national identity.
The publication of Forty Six Guns consists of new photographic and found archival works that collectively construct a personal and non-linear narrative through a multitude of indexical references to Swiss gun culture. The title derives from the approximate number of privately owned firearms per one hundred people in Switzerland, although this statistic does vary.