The Art of WMDs


midgetman.jpg I read Kipling because I love the poetry of empire and war. So if the fusion of art and war worked through the medium of rhythm and rhyme, why not extend it to say -- hauntingly beautiful photos of the US strategic arsenal? Enter Martin Miller's Weapons of Mass Destruction, a Visual Perspective --

Although the term, WMD, has become a part of our daily lexicon, it remains very much an abstraction for most of us. This series of images offers a retrospective look at some of these weapons. Most of my subjects are drawn from the Cold War period during which there was a very real threat to the survival of civilization itself. The last sixty years has seen a frenzied tango between strategy and technology that has left us with the chilling array of doomsday machines seen here.
The shot above is of the now-canceled "Midgetman" ICBM, one of the Reagan procurements that never survived the fall of the USSR. Check out the rest of Mr. Miller's gorgeous (and chilling) collection here.--John Noonan
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