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Aerial photography pioneer George Lawrence

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 24, 2013

In the early 1900s, photographer George Lawrence built what he called the Lawrence Captive Airship, a series of kites and wires able to hold aloft a camera mounted on a stabilizing mechanism. With his invention, he was able to take aerial photos of cities all over the country — Brooklyn, Atlantic City, Chicago, Kansas City. You’ve probably seen his photos of a burnt-out San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake.

George Lawrence SF quake

You gotta love anyone whose company motto was “the hitherto impossible in photography is our specialty”. (via coudal)

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