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Photography: Ria van Dijk – Life at a Shooting Gallery

This series begins in 1936, when a 16-year-old girl from Tilburg in Holland named Ria van Dijk shoots a target in a shooting gallery. Every time she hit the target, it triggered the shutter of a camera and a portrait of Ria was taken – and given as a prize. Ria would visit the shooting gallery every year, though conspicuously absent from 1939 – 1945, and continues to do so. It would seem that Ria had a pretty sharp eye for the target. It’s interesting to not only watch her change but also the people around her. These were taken from the book  In almost every picture #7, collected and edited by Erik Kessels and Joep Eljkens.




1951 - 1953


1958 age 38




1973 - age 53

1978 and 1980

1982 and 1989

1997 and 1998

2009 age 89