Bran Symondson is renowned for being one of the finest reportage photographers working in the world today. The winner of the 2011 Amnesty International Media Award, Symondson was a serving soldier when he began documenting the Afghanistan war, which became a hugely lauded and controversial exhibition in 2010 entitled The Best View Of Heaven Is From Hell. Now he returns with a new exhibition named AKA Peace for which he has asked artists such as Damien Hirst, Gavin Turk, Sam Taylor-Wood, Sarah Lucas, Gary Hume, Antony Gormley and the Chapman brothers to reinterpret AK-47 assault rifles - the most recognisable and devastating worldwide killing machine - as arresting artworks of intrigue and even beauty.
(The above is reprinted from the British GQ website where it was posted in Sept. 2012.)
Check out the concept and images of the completed works of art on You Tube.