2023 Booooooom Photo Awards
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Berlin-based photographer Nikita Teryoshin peers behind the curtain of the global arms industry in his series, “Nothing Personal—the back-office of war.” Taken at defense trade fairs over the course of the past six years, the project spans 14 countries and five continents, offering a campy glimpse at the bizarre scene that he describes as “the complete opposite of a battlefield: an oversized playground for adults with fine wine, finger food, and shiny weapons.”
“Dead bodies here are mannequins or pixels on screens of a huge number of simulators. Bazookas and machine guns are plugged into flat screens and war action is staged in an artificial environment in front of a tribune full of high-ranked guests, ministers, heads of states, generals, and traders,” Teryoshin explains. His stark, colorful photographs highlight the absurdity of it all, laying bare what happens behind the scenes in the business of war.
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