In his book Overview: A New Perspective of Earth, photographer Benjamin Grant uses satellite imagery to convey the enormity of mankind’s effects on the planet.
Aerial Views of Where America’s Grid Bends to the Curvature of the Earth
As any traveler who’s gazed out the window of an airplane while flying over the United States knows, the grid reigns.
A Visual Search Engine for the Aerial Patterns of Cities
Thanks to a small team of artists and coders, you may now explore cities through patterns of infrastructure as captured in aerial photography.
40,000 Canisters of Aerial Film from World War II Land Online
Aerial photography dates to the early years of the 20th century, when pioneers like George R. Lawrence launched cameras into the skies with kites.
From a Helicopter, a Photographer Finds Novel Angles on NYC
There’s a reason why thousands of tourists wait in hours-long lines to One World Trade Center’s observation deck or to peer out from the Statue of Liberty’s crown: seeing New York City from the sky is an indescribable sight.
A Cartography of Incarceration in the United States
Data artist Josh Begley has created an online Prison Map that catalogues aerial photographs of prisons, jails, and other American detention centers to give the architecture of the growing prison population a tangibility and scale.
Early 20th-Century Kite Cameras, the Pre-Drones
“The hitherto impossible in photography is our specialty,” was the motto of early 20th-century photographer George R. Lawrence’s Chicago studio. Among Lawrence’s great experiments was the use of kites for aerial photography.
Edward Steichen’s War Years
Edward Steichen was the first modern fashion photographer, best known for shadowy portraits of silver-screen stars like Gloria Swanson, Marlene Dietrich, and Louise Brooks. That the dark room master spent two years during World War I developing photographic surveillance techniques is less common knowledge.