Emblem Books is proud to launch Detective Special by Prudence Murphy. Murphy's work invites us to examine our response to guns — the gun as fetish, the gun as purchasable part, the gun transcending the world of play and moving across borders in the form of illegal trafficking. The images are formal, ordered, and perfectly proportioned so as to mimic the finely rendered and dissected parts of real gun components provided for the customising of weapons. They may also suggest the rituals of stripping and cleaning of weapons; or bring to mind the documentary images of guns confiscated and destroyed by law enforcement authorities.
Prudence Murphy is a Sydney-based artist and currently lectures in Photomedia at UNSW Art & Design. Murphy has exhibited widely in Australia and was a finalist in the 2014 Josephine Ulrick & Win Schubert Photography Award and the 2013 Bowness Photography Prize.