The ‘Canonical’ Image of a Drone Is a Rendering Dressed Up in Photoshop

“I had never seen an image of a drone actually firing a missile so that is what I decided to create,” says Michael Hahn.

The media of the drone war is not like the media of World War II or Vietnam. Largely, it does not exist outside official government releases. We see the aftermath of explosions, sometimes, but almost never the actual movements of unmanned aerial vehicles as they strike in Somalia or Afghanistan. The secretive and globe-spanning nature of the conflict means that journalists are rarely close to the action. And even if they were positioned nearby, it would be next to impossible to catch a drone in an act of war.