Although Mikhail Kalashnikov, creator of the most widely used assault rifle in the world, passed away just before Christmas, his legacy lives on, and will most likely not end anytime soon. Enter Ralph Ziman, a guy more likely known as a South African filmmaker who brought us movies like Gangster’s Paradise: Jerusalema. He’s also an artist with a new photography exhibition called Ghosts, which points a powerful spotlight on the billion dollar arms trade, and the destructive consequences on African nations. Ziman photographed Zimbabwean street vendors adorned with replica AK-47s featuring traditional Shona beadwork. The results are remarkable. You couldn’t think of a better title for this project. “Ghosts” will appear at C.A.V.E. Gallery in Los Angeles from February 8 until March 2, 2014.
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