Juxtapoz Magazine, Nothing Personal – The Back Office of War

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Photographer writes: “We see pictures of wars and destruction almost every day in the news, and the amount spent on armaments sets new records each year.” Nikita Téryoshin. His new book is entitled, 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 staged on an artificial environment before a tribune of high-ranking guests, including ministers, heads, and traders. 

I deliberately do not show you the faces. I don’t want to blame a specific person for everything. 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. This symbolism is appealing to me.

Nowadays, companies use slogans like ’70 years defending peace’ or ‘Engineering a better tomorrow.’It’s hard to imagine some people in the arms industry believing 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 was to save lives, not to speed up the killing process. He wanted to reduce the number of soldiers on the battlefield. Gatling’s vision was not one that saw less bloodshed but rather unimaginably greater. The Gatling gun was the first of a new kind of machine: the automatic weapon.

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