20th-Century War Machines
Vestiges of an Embattled Humanity
War is a conspicuous thread in the fabric of human experience. However, it was not until the industrial revolution that human competitiveness and technology combined to create terrible new dimensions to the age-old quest to prevail in battle. The 20th century witnessed the full flowering of this partnership, and the images presented here testify to its fascinating and horrific fruits. The subjects in this series span the 20th century and the globe. Many of them bear combat scars and soldiers undoubtedly were killed in some of them. In their presence lurk the ghosts of those who built them, those who manned them, and those who were the objects of their terrible wrath. History concerns itself with the causes and course of these catastrophic events, but it is the relationship between individuals and their war machines that defines the daily existence of humans in modern warfare.