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About the Author

Lindsay McCrum is a fine art photographer residing in New York City and California. She received her undergraduate degree from Yale University and her Masters of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute. Trained as a painter in oils, Ms. McCrum switched exclusively to portrait photography in 2003. Her work has been exhibited in galleries in the U.S. and Europe.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Vendome Press; n Second printing edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0865652759
  • ISBN-13: 978-0865652750
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 1 x 11.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #504,708 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By lclaflin on October 31, 2011
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I am a very biased reviewer because I am one of the women in the book. That said, I was smitten with this book before it ever came to be. I met Lindsay McCrum through a series of coincidences that started with my husband sitting next to her on a plane. When I heard the REASONS behind why she wanted to do this project, I knew I had to let her photograph me. It is such a provocative look at women shooters in this country (a segment of shooters most people don't realize exists). Each woman, no matter her race, size, age or background, is portrayed with confidence and poise. This is party done through Lindsay's amazing skill and talent as a fine art photographer, but also through the subjects themselves. Something about holding a gun in your hands makes you exude said confidence!

Some photos in this book may disturb certain segments of society. But that's the beauty of it! This is REAL! Real women, real life, real guns. For some women, shooting and children aren't separate facets of their lives. For example, if you live on a ranch in Montana, a gun is another tool you own in order to conduct your business and live your life.

The layout of the book is fantastic. The focus is on the photos themselves. The narratives accompany the photos like a side dish at a meal. The font size is just fine (unless you normally need glasses to read - in which case you should don them!) I was so shocked to see one reader complaining about the physical look...the white spaces set off the photos. The black & whites are visually stunning and are spread out appropriately throughout the book.

This is not a novel. It is a coffee-table style book filled with beautiful portraits of strong, confident women who also happen to own or shoot guns. It is one of the proudest moments of my life that I made it into the final cut of this book! The entire experience was an experience of a lifetime.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful By spinningfool on October 13, 2011
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Funny that the very thing that bothered the first reviewer is what I found refreshing.

All the photographs are interesting and show that women who carry guns do so for many reasons. I especially liked the black and white photos. They have an intensity that works well for the subject in the particular photos. Also the contrast of the white space opposite the photo makes the photo stand out. I don't mind the small print, because it again keeps your attention on the photograph. The photos and the stories each stand on their own and collectively tell the whole story.

Maybe the first reviewer needs glasses?

I applaud the photographer for finding the essence of each woman, through her camera lens, and making the correct choice by capturing their unique essence in either black and white or color.

My perception of women who carry guns has been positively changed by the photos in this book.
Thank you Lindsay McCrum for broadening my point of view.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ryan Cheung on October 19, 2011
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Portraiture is a noble art that gives majesty to the subject. 19th century fine art paintings of noblemen come into mind when I flip through this book. I find it really wonderful and inspiring to see contemporary women in a masculine pose through a very masculine art form. I bought this book for my wife who just started out on the sport of trap shooting. Thus far I have found it personally inspiring. The stories of the women tell wonderful tales of tradition, lineage, and personal accomplishments.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Tipple VINE VOICE on February 21, 2012
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Women posing with guns are not something new. There are plenty of sites on the Internet that depict this as well as several TV shows that specialize on this topic. But usually it is a case of women wearing bikinis or less, firing automatic weapons at some target, while literally everything moves in slow motion. If that is what you are looking for, this well done book is not for you. This is a classy quality coffee table style book well worthy of your attention.

From a cover to that brings to mind a bye gone era to numerous pictures throughout the book, this is a book that pays homage to both firearms and the woman who own them. According to the introduction written by attorney Stephen L. Meagher, there is "unsettling" quality to the beautiful images in the book. Instead of "unsettling" the images portray to this reviewer determined women who tolerate no nonsense or interference and have the firepower to easily make their point.

The book contains 78 color and black and white portraits of female gun owners from across the country. Among the many variations are portraits with women posed in Old West style period costumes with antiques, others are in hunting garb, and still others are in law enforcement. Every picture makes it clear that these usually unsmiling women are clearly ready and able defend themselves against whatever man or beast walks the mean streets or crosses their land. These are not blonde blue eyed bunnies in swimsuits flaunting themselves for the camera. These women are serious and depict the plain fact that approximately twenty million women from every race, creed, and walk in life and all ages own guns and know how to use them.

The actual portraits start on pages 12-13 and lead off with "Cynthia" in hunters garb in a cornfield.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By DustOffUH1 on February 1, 2012
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Awesome book! Excellent photography, and great stories with the pictures. My only complaint, is, the type is small, and very "faint". Maybe it was made that way as to not take away from the pictures. But the type could have been darker in my opinion. Anyway love the book.
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