A Photographer Focuses on Gun Violence Survivors
With Photographer Kathy Shorr and "SHOT: The 101”
August 19, 2018
by William Patterson
Kathy Shorr is a photographer whose work centers on urgent issues. Her recent project, SHOT: The 101, focuses on survivors of gun violence. Finding that the media under-reported gun violence survivors, Shorr made it her mission to travel around the country, photographing and learning their stories. “SHOT was meant to put a humanness, a face, onto the subject. Statistics are numbers and are hard to identify with, but the diverse group of 101 survivors from across America give us the opportunity to see that gun violence affects all Americans.”
Shorr first became interested in photography at age 16 and studied it in SVA’s Continuing Education and undergraduate departments. “I liked that the camera made everything accessible to me. It allowed me to be at locations with people who were different than me. The camera gave me a purpose that allowed access.”
Shorr was surprised by the exposure and publicity that the project got. With write-ups and interviews in a number of major publications, SHOT reached a wider audience than Shorr imagined. “By the end of my photographing, I had survivors emailing me, asking if they could be a part of SHOT. I did not anticipate that there would be such an interest in the project. I am very grateful for the support it has received from around the world.”
A version of this article appears in our Fall 2018 issue of SVA ContinuEd, available now from our office. See Kathy Shorr at our upcoming event, Art & Activism. See more updates and stories on our Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram pages!