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Photographer: “Almost every day, we see images of war and destruction on the news. The expenditure on weapons is breaking records.” Nikita Téryoshin. His new book, Nothing Personal—The Back Office of War, goes behind the curtains of the global defense business, a dizzying oversized playground for adults with wine, finger food, and shiny weapons, very much the opposite of the battlefield.
“Dead body mannequins are used here, or pixels on screens in a vast number of simulators,” he says. “Bazookas are plugged into flatscreens, and war action is simulated in an artificial environment before a tribune of high-ranking guests, including ministers, heads, and traders.
I deliberately do not show you the faces. I do not want to blame anyone for anything. The anonymous traders with weapons coming from their heads could be interpreted as a reference of John Heartfield’s antiwar drawing in the 1930s, before the ‘Dangerous Dining Companions’ of WW2. I like this idea of symbolism.
Nowadays, companies use slogans like ’70 years defending peace’ or ‘Engineering a better tomorrow.’It is difficult to believe that some people within the weapons industry actually believe these things. Richard Gatling, the inventor of the machine-gun, said something that is remarkable: ‘It occurred to me that if I could invent a machine—a gun—that could, by its rapidity of fire, enable one man to do as much battle duty as 100, that it would, to a large extent, supersede the necessity of large armies and consequently, exposure to battle and disease be greatly diminished.’His motivation wasn’t to speed up the process of killing, but to save life by reducing the amount of soldiers required on the battlefield. Gatling’s vision was not one that saw less bloodshed but rather unimaginably greater. The Gatling Gun laid the foundations for an entirely new type of machine, the automatic weapon.
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