What’s Inside a Bullet
Artist Sabine Pearlman headed to Switzerland in 2012 on a unique mission. She was there to photograph 900 cross-sections of ammunition in order to expose the “otherwise invisible architecture” of some of the most destructive weaponry ever created. The cross-sections themselves are housed in a World War II bunker and were created by a munitions expert.
All of the bullets photographed by Pearlman have different purposes. Some are used for target practice or hunting; others are designed for war, to penetrate body armor, or for use in airplanes.
In everyday language, people often call the whole package a “bullet,” but what is pictured above is technically called ammunition or a cartridge. In technical jargon, the bullet refers to just the projectile part that flies out of the front of the gun. Normally that part does not contain any explosives.
Pearlman says that her photographs are meant to conjure up the tragedies that these objects have caused throughout human history.