AMMO: Cross Section Photos of Bullets


In October of 2012, LA-based photographer Sabine Pearlman found herself ensconced in a Swiss WWII bunker photographing 900 different “specimens” of cross sectioned ammunition. Her resulting photo series, AMMO, shows the beauty and craftsmanship that went into creating these destructive little pieces of engineering.

Pearlman “strives to create a poetry of images by synergizing the ‘big picture’ with the small details.” Insofar as her AMMO series is concerned, that means the juxtaposition of beauty and destruction. The photos themselves are fascinating to look at, but the series is meant to evoke more than that:

The cross-sections reveal a hidden complexity and beauty of form, which stands in vast contrast to the destructive purpose of the object. It is a representation of the evil and the beautiful, a reflection of the human condition.

Here is a selection of the 900 pieces she photographed for the series:






To see more of Pearlman’s work, head over to her Facebook Page or check out her full portfolio over on her website.

(via Junk Culture)

Image credits: Photographs by Sabine Pearlman and used with permission.

  • Stanco55

    There’s nothing like criticizing someone for making “broad sweeping and ultimately inaccurate assumptions” by making… even larger “broad sweeping and ultimately inaccurate assumptions.”

    Your comment concerning bats and knives is the same homophobes make about gay marriage- if same sex people are allowed to marry then before you know it, we’ll all be marrying dogs and cats and, Dear God, where does it ever end!!!

  • Stanco55

    And don’t forget sidewalks- they’re KILLERS!

  • BBakeca

    This looks very interesting…

  • Zoltán Máté

    i have two 30mm A-10 Gau8 Avenger Cannons loaded with 8000 bullets in my office (i am only kidding but how kickass would this be?)

  • Zoltán Máté

    a little bit.

  • Zoltán Máté

    8000 rounds in eeach of course. nonon actually the stairway of the building holds the rounds this is the carrier. so calculate for a 20 meters tall and 600 meters deep building the capacity of these cannons. i think need a few more guns.

  • Canadave

    I have one .22 short round left over from my single shot Cooey I got for Christmas when I was in grade 8 in 1957. It’s probably so deteriorated by now that it might only make it a few inches out of the barrel from my cooey which I still have if I fired it.