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US Drone War in Pakistan: Images + Visual Graphics

This database was developed by Maliha Ali '15 at Bennington College, as a resource for fact-checking and archiving the claims, research and data about US drone policy and its impact in Pakistan and beyond.

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First Photo Evidence of a US Drone Strike (2005)

Hayatullah Khan's photographic evidence of damage from a drone strike (2005)

Picture taken 04 December 2005 by Hayatullah Khan: Sheikh Amanullah, leader of religious party Jamiat-e-Ulma-e-Islam on Sunday, 04 December 2005, inspects parts of US manufactured laser guided missiles that destroyed a house in Mir Ali, Pakistan. Hayatullah Khan, the Pakistani photographer murdered after documenting the apparent use of a US missile to kill a senior al-Qaeda figure, was posthumously given one of the country's foremost press awards, media reports said Friday, 29 December 2006.

"Reaper" by Mahwish Chishty (2015)

"Seven short stories about drones" (2013) by Teju Cole

Seven short stories about drones (2013) by Teju Cole

1. Mrs Dalloway said she would buy the flowers herself. Pity. A signature strike leveled the florist’s. 2. Call me Ishmael. I was a young man of military age. I was immolated at my wedding. My parents are inconsolable. 3. Stately, plump Buck Mulligan came from the stairhead, bearing a bowl of lather. A bomb whistled in. Blood on the walls. Fire from heaven. 4. I am an invisible man. My name is unknown. My loves are a mystery. But an unmanned aerial vehicle from a secret location has come for me. 5. Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was killed by a Predator drone. 6. Okonkwo was well known throughout the nine villages and even beyond. His torso was found, not his head. 7. Mother died today. The program saves American lives.

"Drone Selphie" by John Vigg

Drone Selphie - John Vigg

Artist John Vigg imagines that drones will soon start photographing their own shadows.

"Drone Airports" by John Vigg

Drone Airports - John Vigg

"By reverse researching an al-jazeera news clip found on YouTube from an unmanned vehicle convention, I found many of the top secret research areas in drone technology. Using satellite imagery, I began to survale the survalees. Our sense of seeing, or should it be called the way in which we want to see, has also changed with the rapidly evolving imaging techniques we are constantly exposed to. Viewers are now used to a bombardment of techniques used to visualize a scene. People are now used to an “always on” world where imagery is constantly available and on demand. Access to remote locations is expected and has become a given."

"Not a Bugsplat" by JR etc.

A giant art installation by US and Pakistani artists collective designed to be viewed by drone cameras and challenge drone operators who refer to their kills as "bugsplats".

"MQ-9/ Predator" (2011) by Mahwish Chishty

Pakistani artist Mahwish Chishty renders drones in miniature art painting style. More of her drone-inspired paintings are available here.

     MQ-9/ Predator, Gouache and tea stain on paper 24" x 12" 2011

Sketch of Mohanad Mahmoud Al Farekh

Mohanad Mahmoud Al Farekh, sketched in a US federal court in Brooklyn in April 2015.


"Drone Shadows" by James Bridle

James Bridle’s Drone Shadows are 1:1 scale outlines of various military drones, painted in public spaces in various cities.

Protesting US drone strikes in Pakistan

Pakistani protesters burn a U.S. flag on July 7, 2011, during a demonstration in Multan to condemn U.S. drone attacks in Pakistan. Such anti-American protests now appear to be on the decline. (S S Mirza/AFP/Getty Images)

"Existence or Nonexistence" (2014) by David Birkin

Existence or Nonexistence (2014) by David Birkin

SEVERE CLEAR: Existence or Nonexistence, 2014 Skywriting over New York City, Memorial Day weekend, May 2014. Extract from a rejection letter sent by the CIA to the American Civil Liberties Union in response to their Freedom of Information Act request for information relating to the US Government's classified drone program. The full reply reads, "...the CIA can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of records responsive to your request."