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Kathy Shorr’s ‘SHOT’ Comes to MCCC’s James Kerney Campus Gallery Nov. 8-Dec. 6; Reception and Panel Discussion Is Nov. 16


"Megan," one of the photos from Shorr's "SHOT" project.

Another "SHOT" photo featured in the exhibit.

Trenton, N.J. – Mercer County Community College’s (MCCC's) James Kerney Campus Gallery (JKCG) announces the opening of “SHOT,” an exhibit featuring approximately 30 photos by Kathy Shorr of survivors of gun violence. The show runs from Wednesday, Nov. 8 through Wednesday, Dec. 6. JKCG is located in MCCC's Trenton Hall, 137 North Broad Street, across the street from the Kerney Building.

On Thursday, Nov. 16, JKCG invites the community to an Opening Reception from 5 to 8 p.m., with a panel discussion on gun violence starting at 5:30 p.m. The panel, to be moderated by MCCC Professor Alvyn Haywood, will include Shorr, along with survivors pictured in her new book, "SHOT," which was published in April, 2017. The book depicts 101 gun violence survivors from across the United States from different socioeconomic, political, ethnic, gender and age groups. A book signing will follow the discussion. (Books will be available for purchase.)

Shorr states, “Those who die from gun violence can only address the issue as statistics and memories of lives that were. The SHOT project focuses on the living whose lives have been forever changed by the emotional and physical trauma of gun violence. They are present in their portraits and words (survivors write a statement to accompany their photo), and are not able to be dismissed as statistics that have passed on but rather as a ‘force’ to reckon with.”

Shorr adds that SHOT enables the viewer to explore the dialogue about gun violence. “A number of the survivors in SHOT are responsible gun owners. It is not meant to be polarizing but rather to connect us to each other and how much we have in common, giving us the opportunity to begin to take an unbiased look at guns in American society. Responsible gun laws are desired by most Americans,” she said. More about Shorr’s SHOT project is available here.

Observes JKCG Gallery Director Michael Chovan-Dalton, MCCC Professor of Photography and Digital Imaging, “Kathy Shorr has a streak of social activism. She has taught documentary photo classes to kids with behavioral issues in the public school system, and she has taught photo workshops at GMHC and The Fortune Society. The success of Shorr’s work comes directly from how she immerses herself in what she is working on. Her latest project, SHOT, gives survivors of gun violence a voice, reminding us that they are more than just a statistic."

Shorr is a freelance photographer who teaches documentary photography at schools and non-profits including The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Her work has been exhibited widely including the Howard Greenberg Gallery and Sariedo Gallery. Her series, "Limousine," was featured in the prestigious Visa Pour L'Image, International Photo-Journalism Festival in Perpignan, France. Her work has been published in Popular Photography, Newsweek, French Photo, Camera Austria, Photo Review, On Seeing, New York Observer, The Village Voice and American Photo.

Hours for this exhibit are Mondays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; and Thursdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Three additional exhibits will take place at JKCG during this academic year. View the schedule here.

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