Thursday, December 2, 2010

Shoot 'em Up

Ria van Dijk at a shooting gallery in 1936

It's posts like this one that make The Year In Pictures one of my favorite blogs:

Shooting yearly self-portraits is nothing new to photography, but a rather extraordinary series has just been discovered and published in The Netherlands in a book titled "Almost Every Picture #7". Starting in 1936, the then 16-year-old Ria van Dijk went into a shooting gallery - one of those fair booths where every time you hit the target it triggers a camera shutter and you win a portrait of yourself in firing pose.

Ria van Dijk in 1989

This series documents almost every year of Van Dijk's life (there is a conspicuous pause from 1939 to 1945) up until present times. But at the age of 88, Ria van Dijk is still shooting!

Ria van Dijk in 2006

Click here for more images and when you have some spare time, troll through the archives of James Danziger's The Year In Pictures for more curiosities and classics.

Info on this and every issue of In Almost Every Picture at Kessels Kramer Publishing.

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