cover image Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America

Shot: 101 Survivors of Gun Violence in America

Kathy Shorr. PowerHouse, $39.95 (136p) ISBN 978-1-57687-833-0

Photographer Shorr, whose work focuses on documentary, portraiture, and street photography, visualizes the toll of gun-violence through photos of survivors in this visceral, powerful book. Featuring portraits of ethnically and racially diverse survivors ranging in age from eight to 80, many photographed in the exact locations where they were shot, Shorr’s work provides a moving visual narrative of gun violence, revealing the power of the human spirit to persevere and go forward with strength and courage. Her photos focus on survivorhood, depicting the physical scars of her subjects. Short biographies of each survivor are compiled in an index at the end of the book, preceded by a short essay by Tanya Liv Zakrison, a trauma surgeon at Jackson Memorial Hospital at the University of Miami, who describes how America has come to have the highest rate of gun violence among high-income countries. Besides striking photographs, the book includes affecting quotes from survivors such as Therese D’Encarnacao, who states: “Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose.” Color photos. (Apr.)