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.
As any traveler who’s gazed out the window of an airplane while flying over the United States knows, the grid reigns.
Thanks to a small team of artists and coders, you may now explore cities through patterns of infrastructure as captured in aerial photography.
Aerial photography dates to the early years of the 20th century, when pioneers like George R. Lawrence launched cameras into the skies with kites.
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.
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.
“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 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.