Why are drones—or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)—so present in our daily news feed and local retail stores, but do we—despite sky-high sales numbers—hardly see them fly in our public airspace? This paradox of invisible presence lies at the basis of The Drone Chronicles, a diptych that maps the evolution and integration of drones in our society from 2001 onwards. As a drone surveilling a battlefield or crowd, the book offers a contemporary view on drones without emphasising a particular category or usage.
It discusses how this relatively new piece of technology has shifted from a commonly known aerial bombing machine to a multi-purpose and accessible tool.
The endless applications and several utterly striking stories involving drones are highlighted in the journal. All selected articles derive from various international media outlets, in which ethical and political questions about drone usage are reviewed from different perspectives. The extensive catalogue questions the exponential production of drones. All models introduced to the market between 2001 and 2016 — either for commercial or military purposes —, are organised by release date, manufacturer and name, and characterised
by their technical specifications. The manufacturers are listed by country in the catalogue’s index, proposing a geopolitical comparative reading, equal to that of an atlas.
Concept and Design: Rob van Leijsen
Authors: Joerg Bader, Nicolas Nova,
Brice Pauset, Rob van Leijsen
Publisher: Joerg Bader,
éditions Centre de la photographie Genève
Distribution: Spector Books, Leipzig
Editorial coordination: Tiphaine Carrère,
Olivia Fahmy, Maud Pollien, Natalia Reichert, Alexandra Theiler
Translation: Judith Hayward, Natalia Reichert
Copy-editing and Proofreading:
Specifications: 145×205 mm, 160 + 624 pages, 1.200 copies, perfect bound, offset printed on Werkdruck 1.8 and Profitop opak 1.1 by Musumeci S.p.A, Quart, Italy
Price: CHF30,-/€30,-/USD30,- (per set of two)